RETRO combines training with technology to dominate the EV conversion industry
– Derek W. Bailey
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, Nov. 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — RETRO by Exeeder, LLC, (RETRO), a division of Derek Automotive, America’s first minority-controlled electric vehicle manufacturer (derekautomotive.com), owned by the technology entrepreneur Derek Bailey, announces the global expansion of its retrofit operation. The expansion includes the launch of Retro University, LLC, a new learning platform and online university that will teach students how to convert fuel-powered vehicles to electrification, commonly known as “retrofitting.”
The news follows a recent article in the Washington Post: “Glaciers in Yosemite and Africa will disappear by 2050, UN warns” and another that predicts the number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on US roads could rise to 43 million by 2035 and to 245 million worldwide.
“It is clear that our world is in a climate crisis, and increasing use of electric vehicles will significantly increase demand for the minerals used in batteries, which are carbon-intensive to mine. The manufacture of EV batteries and vehicle bodies contributes 14 to 24 percent of a vehicle’s life cycle global warming emissions, depending on where and how the batteries are manufactured and the raw material sources (Ambrose et al. 2020). .
Manufacturing a battery-powered electric vehicle contributes approximately 70 grams of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions per mile (gCO2e/mile), compared to 40 grams when manufacturing a comparable-sized gasoline vehicle. But because BEVs use plug-in charging, this reduces the total greenhouse gas emissions for BEVs on the average power grid in the United States and is less than half that of gasoline vehicles (200g CO2e/mile vs. 450g CO2e/mile). The Post article suggests that drastic emissions cuts are needed to stabilize our climate, and we can achieve these goals by converting existing gas vehicle bodies to electric propulsion, which would save the carbon generated in new car production and eliminate pollution from older gas vehicles .
It’s a good idea not to create MORE carbon if the goal is to reduce carbon emissions. A national effort to electrify more than 170 million cars on US roads could save more than 200 million tons of CO2 while creating millions of jobs, which RETRO calls “high-paying, green” jobs.
Bailey added, “Our RETRO division will inspire drivers around the world to go electric because our Proteus technology converts any fuel into clean electricity at the point of use, meaning EV users have a method to charge their vehicles even when they are connected to the grid is not available. The carbon footprint of the energy generated by Proteus is comparable to one kWh generated in a natural gas plant. However, since the energy is generated on the vehicle, there are no transmission losses which can consume up to 40% of the energy during transmission (conservation) The ability to generate low-carbon electricity on-board means that RETRO’s vehicles can operate without the grid can be charged AND power can be fed into the grid. On islands and in second and third world countries, Proteus technology becomes a “Redundant Charging Option” when the grid is OFF, OVERLOADED or just INCONVENIENT TO USE. More consumers will drive electrified when they know they can keep driving their EVs when power lines are down due to storms and other typical weather events. It’s crucial to get everyone on an electric powertrain.”
The ability to generate clean power on-board reduces the battery size required to provide acceptable range. Reducing battery costs means a cheaper retrofit, and RETRO’s goal is to bring the price of a standard 200-mile conversion kit below $15,000 to make EV affordable for almost all consumers. RETRO’s remanufactured vehicles can be sold profitably through Derek Automotive’s sales centers for approximately $30,000,” added Bailey.
RETRO by Exceeder was formed when Derek Automotive partnered with EV conversion expert and YouTube superstar Gregory Coles (YouTube: greggoeseletric) to combine the expertise of Greg’s conversion team with Derek Automotive’s Proteus alternator technology.
According to Gregory Coles, now President of RETRO by Exeeder, the company’s plan focuses on a dual strategy to expand RETRO and the aftermarket industry at large. The first step is to launch RETRO University, a global online vehicle conversion course that teaches students the fundamentals of EV conversion. This course includes working with high voltage systems and other core skills that prepare students for hands-on experience in retrofitting vehicles. To quickly build a network of training centers, RETRO works with existing auto repair shops that are already training to become Proteus system installers and training partners. The second part of the strategy is to open a hive of RETRO shops to install Proteus Conversion Kits worldwide. Coles said: “The first customers have been very excited to be able to generate low-carbon electricity directly in their car. The excitement comes particularly from female customers who worry about being alone at remote charging stations at night.”
Governments and institutions around the world have set themselves the goal of having half of the vehicles in use powered by electricity by 2040. This goal can only be achieved by retrofitting older gas vehicles, which puts RETRO by Exceeder in a fantastic position to become the leader in the gas-to-power conversion industry, particularly in countries with less reliable or vulnerable power grids.
Derek Automotive’s Electa Mobility brand establishes its first international location in Tulum, Mexico. Mr. Bailey says, “Where one brand lands, others will surely follow, so be on the lookout for RETRO in Mexico and throughout Latin America very soon.”
About RETRO by Exeeder, LLC
Retro by Exeeder, LLC is a Puerto Rico startup formed in September 2022 to build an industry around the internal combustion engine to electric powertrain retrofit, utilizing open-source EV technology along with patented and patent-pending Battery charging and parent company’s EV drive technologies.
As America’s first minority-controlled EV manufacturer, Derek Automotive creates vehicles, technology and aftermarket services that will change the way we think about EVs and EV charging. The company’s mission is to become the number one carbon emissions reduction company in the world.
Derek W Bailey
Derek Automotive Technologies, Inc.
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