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David-Benardo

David Benardo is the CEO, Director of R&D, and RetroFuturist of Zelectric Motors based in San Diego, California. There they take classic VW’s and insert electric motors wrapping the future in the past. The timeless character of a vintage VW Bug or Van can now be enjoyed in a new way using today’s future-forward technology. You can bring David and his talented team your own Bug, van, Porsche or Ghia and they will zelectrify your air-cooled classic in to a modern form of transportation. Or Zelectric will find a car to restore and convert for you, all by hand and to your specifications. David spent 30 years as a creative director specializing in computer tech and he graduated from Art School in San Francisco.

SHOW SPONSORS  

NOCO Genius Boost

Covercraft

Christopher Kimball Financial Services

Free Fill ‘R Up Book

SUCCESS QUOTE

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES 

Getting married at a young age and becoming an instant father as his new bride had a child already.

AH-HA MOMENTS

After purchasing an old VW Microbus David read a story about the Chameleon project the VW was  making in to an electric powered vehicle.

FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE

A 1973 VW Microbus

BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE

If you don’t change you’re dead.

AUTOMOTIVE RESOURCES

Jalopnik

Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik

FAVORITE BOOK 

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE

If you don’t change you’re dead. – Wavy Gravy

HOW TO FIND DAVID

Zelectric Motors

 

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