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About the
Electric Car Cafe team

We're really proud of our conversion team

Some of us are pretty new to the sector, some have worked on pioneering conversion projects, others started in related industries, but we're all passionate about recycling internal combustion vehicles into smooth, silent daily drivers.

When you work with the Electric Car Cafe team you're partnering with experts leading the Aussie conversion sector with innovation & initiatives that are breaking down the time & cost barriers to retrofitting classic & specialist vehicles.

Envisioning, designing, fabricating & creating converted cars is what we do day-in, day-out. Our team always has a Project Manager, Conversions Director, Electrical Engineer, Mechanic & a Fabricator working in-house to make it easy to collaborate on your build & create a reimagined electric vehicle that looks like a particulate-spewing classic, but drives like a silent dream.

We specialise in turnkey conversions; you drive-in your ICE, we’ll drive-out your new EV. Every new build starts with a meeting over coffee & the preparation of an Engineering Plan.

The Electric Car Café is part of a group of companies that have been operating in the EV sector since 2015. Partner businesses EVolution Australia & EVUp specialise in residential & commercial EV charging hardware, software & consulting.

Electric Cafe Cafe co-founders Emma Sutcliffe & Russ Shepherd (pic courtesy The Age). View our backstory video on Car Advice.

Follow our EV conversions

Join the EV conversion journey

Get involved in our conversions, enjoy the milestones & get inspired for your classic electric vehicle build.

Watch our video series

Many of our builds feature a 6 part video series, so you can view the progress our team has made, no matter where you are in the world. Subscribe to our Youtube channel & sign up to our mailing list so we can drop you a line at every build project milestone, plus send you discounts on the latest training courses by the EV Alliance.  

The Green Room

The ultimate conversion-nerd opportunity! In a breakfast session, meet the team behind the builds & experience the challenges & triumphs in a two-hour breakfast session with a likeminded community of people. 

Bookings for the Delorean & Land Cruiser open soon, so please register your interest by subscribing to our mailing list in the box at the bottom of the screen.

EV high voltage training courses 

Along with our friends in the EV Alliance, we’re preparing the knowledge bank that’s needed to train e-mechanics of the future. 

Upskill yourself with Electric Vehicle High Voltage Safety Training & How to PLAN your EV Conversion or get a discount when you combine the two! How to DESIGN & How to BUILD your EV Conversion courses coming soon.

Learn more about EVs

Electric vehicle knowledge & safety training with the EV Alliance

We sell a selection of components to experienced conversion enthusiasts through EVolution Australia. Please note however, the Electric Car Café team are unable to provide personalised advice or assistance for your unique project.

If you're converting your own vehicle, are a classic restoration or modification workshop, traditional mechanical workshop, tow truck driver, wrecker or first responder, please head to the EV Alliance, a collaborative group of professional EV conversion & servicing experts in Australia & New Zealand. 

We're proud founding members of this EV specialist peak body; together, we're building the EV conversion & servicing knowledge & safety training needed to save millions of fuelled vehicles from landfill & train the next generation of e-mechanics.

Through the EV Alliance you can access:

Charged Chat: free monthly webinars hosted by EV experts discussing latest conversion projects

EV Tools: online EV high voltage safety & DIY conversion courses

Sign up to the EV Alliance mailing list for all events & training, & to join a community of likeminded enthusiasts from all over the world.

Do you sell EV conversion components?
Yes, through our partner businessEVolution Australia. However, you must have EV conversion experience as we cannot provide specific advice or design assistance. 

How do I get EV conversion experience?
We’re proud co-founders of the EV Alliance, which is a collaborative & very cool group of workshops in Australia & New Zealand who share knowledge in free monthly webinars, live events & online training. Sign up here to join our community of EV heads. 

Can you send me a list of components for my DIY EV conversion?
Nope, sorry. A bill of materials is only available by commissioning our team to complete an Engineering Plan for you.

Can you help me with my DIY EV conversion?
We only specialise in turnkey conversion for classic & specialist vehicles. However, the EV Alliance provides expert help through regular webinars, online training & open workshop events. Register your details with the EV Alliance.

Can I visit your EV conversion workshop in Melbourne?

As much as we love talking about electric vehicle conversions, we're an operating high voltage workshop & therefore access is limited to trained & qualified staff. Please keep an eye out for our open workshop or Green Room events instead.