Johnathan Goodwin, who is best known as the mechanic who converted Neil Young’s 1959 Lincoln into a hybrid, is opening the world headquarters for his E-Charger System in Old Town.
“It’s a byproduct of the Neil Young build,” Goodwin says.
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Following his work with Young, Goodwin says he designed a bolt-on hybrid kit that customers can buy to do their own conversions.
“This is a product that you can actually bolt on to your existing vehicle. It increases fuel efficiency and power without sacrificing emissions.”
Goodwin says he’s had a lot of interest, and that’s even though he doesn’t yet have the E-Charger to sell. He says he’s looking for a Wichita facility in which to build the systems.
“It’s going to take a very large facility to support that and a number of people to do it.”
Goodwin says the Old Town store will be in 10,000 square feet at 330 N. Mosley St.
“This is just where we showcase the technology,” he says.
There’s nothing to show yet, but Goodwin has been renovating the space and using it some to create instruction videos about how to do conversions.
Goodwin says the building was a longtime foundry, so he says he’s thinking of incorporating that into the name of the business.
“We’re thinking E-Charger Foundry or something cool.”
Goodwin says he hopes to have the manufacturing facility by the second quarter.
“My big goal is to do it in Wichita, Kansas.”