Tech Upgrade: Re-engineering An EV

If you read our last piece, you might be thinking we took aim at a certain EV auto maker. Not exactly. In fact, being in the energy tech realm, we are very heavily focused toward electric vehicles as the way of the future. We had a different reason for a couple comments but today’s discussion is not about space travel. What we are looking at today is a total redesign of the power source for the current EV market.

Naturally we can’t deal with specifics for various reasons but, instead we’d like to just consider the overall auto market and make a few very easy observations. Probably this seems too easy in fact, but someone has to say it to get the gears turning in the general public. Forgive us for stating the obvious if that’s the case…

It’s About Vision

Let’s start with something we posted here a few months ago… We took the example of a small private jet (the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet) and gave a very brief overview of what it might look like if the jet-fuel burning power plant was replaced with something you’d see in an Avengers or Star Wars movie.

How would the face of aviation totally change when all new high power electric energy propulsion systems are available. And their output vastly exceeds anything jet engines could achieve.

Vision: Engine-ering Redesign Of Propulsion Tech

So today, let’s bring that same discussion to the auto market. Just as we said with the Vision Jet, we are looking at re-engineering existing vehicles to simply swap power plants. Why change the entire auto design process when all you have to do is swap out a major component. Simple, right?! And if we were going to do that right now, what factors does this bring up in the discussion… Let’s just stick with the basics here (especially because we are not auto mechanic experts).

Keep It Simple

Most vehicles are run by gas or diesel engines which are extremely complex and have all sorts of components like air filters, an oil lubrication system, radiators, exhaust and emissions systems, transmissions and all the rest. Hybrids add all that as well but now they have an electric motor and large battery banks on top of it. And then there’s cars like Tesla… it’s just an electric motor(s) and batteries.

Rather obvious as we said. So again, the question is…

If you were going to swap a power plant in one of those three vehicle types above, which would be the easiest? Not a fuel burning vehicle because you have to replace the entire engine and drive system. Not a hybrid because you have dual systems and basically a similar challenge getting rid of all the engine related components.

So that leaves us with the most obvious choice… Tesla and all other fully electric plug-in EV’s.

If you were to upgrade a fully electric EV with a new energy tech propulsion system of the likes we’re talking about here, all you’d need to do is get rid of the batteries. Replace that with the new power generating source and rewire it accordingly and you’re done. No massive extraction job of removing engines, transmissions, cooling systems and all that. We can already see Elon coming out with a retrofit package now…

A Few Points To Speculate On

There are a few obvious questions here such as the size and weight of the new system(s) and what will it run on and would it ever need to be plugged in or refueled in some way. This is where we go back to a few of our previous posts where we refer to those who have already created such new energy tech inventions and the astounding results they got with very high power output.

Because some of the specifics of the new energy tech is still unknown, we are dealing with only the basic and perhaps most simplistic factors. But again as we stated above, that’s where this discussion needs to start. And in doing so, well… there, now you have it. This is the framework. Soon we’ll be able to fill in all the details.

So that’s it for today. In the meantime, there’s lots of interesting factors to be familiar with regarding existing electric vehicles. We thought this discussion below about cold-weather battery powered vehicles was very interesting and relevant. Especially since the new energy tech devices will expectedly not have any such constraints.

Remember to check out our new and emerging product listings on our store page. We’ll be adding more designs in due time.

Blue Cube Rocket understands that the future is now and as such, it’s time to start acting like it. Sometimes the way to bring futuristic things into the present is to do exactly what we are here by planning and speaking it into existence. Especially when you know what has been hindering all this up until now. 👑

Photos by Austin Ramsey on Unsplash and Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash


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Published by Chris Michals

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