Retro Electric at the Japan EV Festival

To make your Friday just a little sweeter, Gas2 brings you another neat retro electric DIY conversion, this time from overseas. The Japan EV Festival was in full swing over the weekend at Tsukuba Circuit. As Gas2 readers may remember, the Japan EV Festival is a DIY electric car conversion extravaganza, complete with races and other activities for participants and attendees alike.

One of the sexiest cars appearing at the circuit was a converted 1960 Datsun Fairlady in red – fully electric, of course. The Fairlady, sponsored by JFE Engineering, participated in several races.

JFE Engineering also used the Fairlady to demonstrate their ultra fast quick charge system – the Fairlady’s batteries charged 50% in just 3 minutes, and an additional 30% over the next 5 minutes.

Other participants included teams sponsored by companies such as JFE, commercial vehicles, cars converted by private citizens, and teams sponsored by local and not-so-local vocational schools. It seems to have been a good time all around – maybe next year we’ll be able to attend. Check out the gallery, below.

Any car in particular you’d want to see converted to electric for fun or practicality? Let us know in the comments below.

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Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.