The Moment Motor Company, headquartered in Austin, Texas, distinguishes itself in the realm of electric vehicle (EV) conversions by adopting a discerning approach to its projects. Unlike other tuning houses, Moment Motor Company carefully selects classic vehicle models for conversion, aiming to seamlessly integrate electric powertrains into vehicles that can readily accommodate such modifications.
Founder Marc Davis emphasizes the company's commitment to providing fully engineered solutions that address the complexities associated with incorporating modern EV powertrains. Davis states, “Our builds reverently retain the integrity and design of the original vehicle while safely applying the fun, smile-inducing exhilaration of EV power.”
The company's spotlight for conversion falls on the Mercedes 280SL roadster, considered an iconic design of its era. The choice is based on factors such as the vehicle's size, which allows for a reasonable battery capacity, and its luxury status, aligning well with the smooth performance of an electric drivetrain.
Moment Motor Company initiates its design process with a meticulous analysis of each vehicle, utilizing state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) imaging to create a 3D model. This model forms the basis for an EV conversion plan that prioritizes maintaining the weight balance and handling characteristics of the original vehicle.
For the 280SL, the conversion includes a 62 kWh battery pack offering a 175-mile range. The electric drivetrain features a three-phase permanent magnet motor delivering 300 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle also receives electrified brakes, steering, heating, and air conditioning, along with updated gauges that maintain a classic appearance.
Marc Davis notes, “While the passion for these vehicles has endured throughout the decades, their functionality hasn't stood the test of time.” The company's design process aims to offer collectors the opportunity to convert rarely used but highly celebrated vehicles into everyday electric drivetrain-equipped cars.
Moment Motor Company collaborates with Unique Cars of Palm Beach to source immaculately restored 280SLs for conversion. The company offers complete electric cars for sale at $250,000 or provides conversion services for existing vehicles at $135,000.