e-Drive Retro Signs ‘Grips Garage’ as First Dealer in Europe

New York, NY – May 06, 2016 – e-Drive Retro, a pioneer in transforming vintage cars into sustainable electronic vehicles while maintaining their iconic styling and appointments, today announced it has signed its first dealer in Europe, Grips Garage, one of Finland’s most revered classic vehicle restoration specialists. Grips Garage is sponsoring the largest annual classic car event in Finland, Classic Motorshow this Saturday, 5/7 through Sunday, 5/8 in Lahti. E-Drive Retro will be showcasing its EV converted 1972 Triumph GT6 in the Grips Garage booth.

Through this new partnership, Grips Garage will restore classic cars and prepare them for e-Drive Retro to install its innovative Nordic-engineered, plug-in electric drive-train technology. “We will build these cars together at the Grips Garage facilities in Vantaa, Finland, with e-Drive Retro fully engineering its proprietary EV (electronic vehicle) Drive Trains and working closely with Grips Garage restoration craftsmen to create the most beautiful and exciting vintage EV’s ever produced,” said Michael Richardson, Founder and CEO of e-Drive Retro.

The EV transformation process removes decades-old fossil fuel drivetrains composed of literally hundreds of moving mechanical parts and replaces them with less than a dozen highly reliable, energy conserving EV rotating components. Furthermore, once transformed, these cars are compliant with zero emissions regulations around the world, which increasingly seek to ban petrol-powered vehicles entirely (even hybrids).

”The public awareness of EV’s and the technical knowledge behind them has grown enormously in recent years. We think that the time is finally right to install electric drive trains into classic vehicles as well. We couldn’t have dreamt of a better partner for this pioneering step than e-Drive Retro,” said Oskari Åvall, Founder and CEO of Grips Garage.

e-Drive Retro extends the life of stylish, iconic cars from the 50’s through the 70’s by adding sophisticated electric vehicle drive train technology. As a result, classic cars of yesteryear are transformed into the most reliable and easy to drive and maintain authentic classic automobiles of today – all while meticulously preserving their original driving characteristics (i.e. weight, suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, etc.).   Even the packaging of e-Drive Retro’s EV drive-train technology is designed to reflect the styling cues of the original vehicle, complementing the superb restoration quality delivered by our first European partner, Grips Garage.

About Grips Garage:

Grips Garage is a Finnish classic car company focusing on restoring, importing, selling and buying British classic & vintage cars and parts. Started as a hobby the Grips Garage is now one of the Finland’s major classic car operators handling the British classics all the way from the 20’s-40’s luxury limousines, as well as 50’s-70’s sports cars. Grips Garage is located in Vantaa, Finland. For more information, visit www.gripsgarage.com/en.

About e-Drive Retro:

e-Drive Retro is pioneering a new class of rolling art in the electric automotive industry. This international company combines a passion for vintage cars with precision European engineering and a white glove EV transformation methodology to convert stylish, iconic cars of yesteryear into reliably high performing, smart connected, sustainable electronic vehicles of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.e-driveretro.com.

Company Contact:

Michael Richardson

Tallinn:       +372 5 896 1648
Helsinki:   +358 41 491 2577
Miami:       +1 917 355 9334


Media Contact:

Chris Faust


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e-Drive Retro replaces a vintage vehicle’s complete fossil fuel drivetrain with a robust Nordic-engineered plug-in electric drivetrain featuring a proprietary control and communications system that delivers an exhilarating and authentic driving experience, which can be enjoyed reliably with minimal maintenance.