Icon’s Electric 1949 Mercury Coupe Has Tesla Batteries And Freight-Train
October 30, 2018 Michael Karkafiris
Icon has revealed the latest member of its Derelict lineup, a 1949 Mercury
Coupe that has been converted to electric power while preserving the
original patina and exterior trim of the car.
Adding the electric powertrain is a collaboration between Icon and Stealth
EV; this 1949 Mercury Coupe is powered by a dual electric motor that offers
the equivalent of 400hp and 470lb-ft of torque in a transmission-less
The dual motor setup is being fed by a Tesla Performance 85kWh battery array
that has been “strategically fit throughout the vehicle” in order to achieve
the best possible weight balance. Icon says that their electric Mercury
Coupe can travel between 150 and 200 miles on a full charge. Recharging the
battery back to full takes as little as 90 minutes.
Icon has added a CHAdeMO 125A fast-charger plug behind the front license
plate and a Tesla Supercharger plug in place of the original fuel filler,
giving its lucky owner more flexibility. The whole powertrain comes with an
EV management system that protects the batteries from overcharging and
provides thermal management, among other features.
Icon also had some fun under the bonnet of their Derelict Mercury, creating
a custom aluminum construction that resembles the shape of a vintage V8;
with the electric motors mounted in the transmission tunnel, the custom
aluminum construction is actually housing the battery controllers and a few
of the Tesla battery modules. Even the wires feature custom cloth-braided
sheathing, referencing the original wiring loom.
Prior to getting an EV transplant, the 1949 Mercury Coupe was disassembled
completely, having all rubber replaced with new parts and receiving
insulation and sound-deadening material wherever possible. The body then
received a new chassis developed with Art Morrison Enterprises, featuring
independent suspension front and rear.
Icon’s new 1949 Mercury EV Derelict was commissioned by a longtime client
and is currently on display at SEMA.
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