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JULY 2016 THE SHOP 61 TECHNOLOGY & ELECTRONICS in the early stages of converting fleets of commercial vehicles. "We also offer consulting and engineering services for other applications such as boats, industrial equipment, construction equip- ment and material handling," Bream adds. And because the EV industry is so research-and-development intensive, Breams says that in addition to designing the shop's own equipment, feedback is pro- vided to suppliers that, in turn, is used to improve products for EV West applica- tions. FUN & RELIABILITY Bream says racecars, like the all-electric E36 raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, are some of the shop's most memorable projects. The shop was also the first to race an off-road Baja all-electric buggy, the first to build an electric Ferrari, and can claim several other firsts, which he attributes to the amount of time and testing involved. "In a race situation there is no toler- ance for failure, so everything needs to be tested and examined a number of times," he explains. On the other hand, he says some of the most fun projects are the ones that are com- pleted quickly with great results. "One of these was a VW Beetle that we converted for the Discovery Channel in just two days. It went so quick, but still provides a great amount of fun and reli- ability." In progress currently, the shop has 18 projects on its wait list, and is actively con- verting six additional projects including a 1965 Volvo P1800, a 1951 Chevy 3100 pickup, a 2015 Polaris RZR XP1000, a 1978 Jeep DJ5, a Ural Motorcycle, a 1985 Maserati Bi-Turbo, a 1984 DeLorean, a 1956 Beetle, and a 1973 Porsche 911. Regarding the future, Bream believes the industry is in a growth pattern. "The recession of 2008 played a huge toll on the industry, but the outlook is very good and several shops that we interact with are having some of their best years ever," he says. Regarding his own shop's future, he believes its steady growth is due to being in the niche market of EV drive lines. He's looking forward to seeing which new prod- ucts will come to market that expand elec- tric drive line capabilities. "We're just pure horsepower guys," Bream says. "We just grab these old cars and our rough target is to triple the original horsepower. If we can do that, then we figure no one can really complain." Eleven electrics, lined up in formation.

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