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APRIL 2019 THE SHOP 23 Electric vehicles and performance. Are the two mutually exclusive, or a pairing that's about to blossom? "There are opportunities today to hot rod electric cars," says Rob Simons of Edelbrock, pointing to the eCOPO Camaro Concept that debuted in October. "There are certainly companies that are doing it." Shane Weckerly of Holley Performance Products is intrigued by the opportuni - ties EV conversions represent for the aftermarket. "There are some transplants out there that are very impressive." Kirk Miller of AEM calls EV conversions "fun stuff. It's kind of cottagey at the moment, but there's plenty of room for everyone. There are some insane pack- ages available right now. We're currently at the Stanley Steamer stage. It's really exciting." With EV advancements happening all over the world—often driven by gov- ernment regulations—Kyle Fickler of Aeromotive can envision a day when electric cars and performance machines are much more prominent serving utili- tarian needs, "and internal combustion becomes more unique." Challenges for the performance industry include issues regarding data acquisition and encryption, Simons explains. "But if there's a desire, the after- market will figure it out." —Jef White Electrified Performance? Is the electric eCOPO Camaro Concept unveiled in October a sign of a promising future for EVs and performance? (Photos courtesy Chevrolet) WWW.ENERGYSUSPENSION.COM

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