Electric Rat Rod
Photo credit: Richebkidd
A rat rod refers to a custom car that’s designed to look unfinished, typically without paint and showing rust, made from cheap or cast-off parts. YouTuber “Rich Rebuilds” wanted to make his version a little more refined, while still exuding a great deal of personality. The 1930s vehicle he purchased off Craigslist was originally powered by a Chevrolet 305 V8, but that was quickly replaced with an electric powerplant from Zero Motorcycles. Read more for a video and additional information.



Fortunately, he was able to obtain the all-electric motorcycle for just $3,200 at an auction. Zero’s Lithium-ion power packs / motors were developed in-house and the former uses a cell configuration that operates at 102 volts. The motorcycles’ propulsion is provided by a single electric, air-cooled, brushless, permanent-magnet 3-phase AC motor, while a controller manages the power delivery and comes in 420-amp, 550-amp, 660-amp, and 775-amp sizes depending on the year and model.