Richmond B.C. Rolls-Royce Owner Sells House to Finish EV Conversion

In September of last year, Rolls-Royce announced that its first all-electric vehicle—to be called Spectre—is scheduled to hit the market in the last quarter of 2023. That wasn’t soon enough for Vincent Yu, the owner of a 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost in Richmond, B.C.

When his daughter Gloria alerted him to the shocking environmental footprint of a large, gasoline-powered luxury car and refused to ride as a passenger, Yu took matters into his own hands, as Global News reports.

That’s right, he didn’t just trade the car for one of the many EV models available in Canada. Instead, he went into the process of converting it into a zero-emission vehicle with the help of a small team of engineers and mechanics.


How long did it take Yu to finish the project? Well, the answer is four years, which included several trips to the U.S., Japan and Germany to find all the necessary parts. However, his obsession came at a cost—and not just financially.

Yu’s wife and daughter left him for a long period of time to avoid the commotion and the stress. Later, he decided to sell the house in order to fund the conversion, which brought even more conflict within the family. The good news is that the three are now reunited—and the Rolls-Royce electromod is fully functional.

“Many people think I’m nuts, hearing my idea of converting my gasoline car to an electric one. But I’m so used to people making fun of me. My head is always in the clouds,” he told Richmond News.


Yu claims his electric Ghost allows him to travel up to about 500 km with a fully charged battery, which comes from Tesla (along with the motor) and is mounted in the trunk. It’s not clear how much power is on tap, but it definitely is less than the original V12 engine’s 563 horsepower.

And get this: Yu now has plans to convert more conventional vehicles into EVs under his new business called Mars Power Technology. The company also envisions over 800 battery swapping and charging stations across all highways in North America within five years.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

NewsRolls-Royce Announces First EV, to be Called Spectre
Contrary to previous reports, the first all-electric vehicle from Rolls-Royce will not be called Silent Shadow but rather Spectre. This large sedan is expected to hit the market in the last quarter of 2023. Aesthetically, the Spectre will retain many of Rolls-Royce’s signature cues including the long hood capped by …
Test Drives2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Like Floating on a Cloud
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is all-new for 2021. It retains the brand’s unique design language and a connection with its predecessors while making significant headway on the technological front. The intriguing mix of classic and modern is the first thing that caught our attention as we took a seat inside this …
NewsRolls-Royce Wraith, Dawn to be Axed From North American Lineup
High-end luxury car buyers will soon have two fewer options to choose from. Rolls-Royce has announced that the Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible will no longer be offered in North America after the 2021 model year. A company spokesperson confirmed the news to Road & Track, putting an end to …
New ModelsBehold the New 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
The all-new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost made its global debut today, a little more than a decade after the original. As expected, this second generation elevates the luxurious driving experience to remarkable heights. It’s all part of a reinvention of the brand’s image that involves new colours and visuals along with …
ElectricB.C. Raises EV Rebate up to $4,000
The number of electric vehicles on the roads of British Columbia has substantially increased in recent years, going from 5,000 registered EVs in 2016 to more than 85,000 today. Most of the credit goes to the CleanBC Go Electric Vehicle Rebate program, which has helped more than 54,000 people in …
ElectricPEI Company Turns Old Toyota Corollas Into Small Electric Pickups
Decade-old Toyota Corollas can still prove a smart purchase for students or families in search of a dependable, low-cost second car. Some of them can even be turned into electric pickups these days. Seriously. Upcycle Green Technology in Stratford, PEI has been working on prototypes for the past two years …
New ModelsAll-Electric Rolls-Royce Spectre Marks the Dawn of the New Era
Here’s something we have not seen in nearly 120 years of Rolls-Royce cars. The company’s first-ever fully electric model, called Spectre, made its global debut on Tuesday. Oh, sure, we’re going to have V12-powered cars for several more years, but this is a preview of the EV-only lineup Rolls-Royce plans …
Test Drives2023 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge: Ghost on Ice
When you’re driving around in a Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge that comes with a price tag of $479,675, you probably don’t want it to be covered in snow, slush, dirt or hit by whatever debris the road can throw at you. It’s best to just tap into the twin-turbo 6.75-litre …
BuzzRacing-Themed AirBnb Rental Property Has its Own Go-Kart Track, ATVs
Themed properties are hot on Airbnb. You’ll find anything from Lord of the Rings Hobbit homes to medieval palaces and mini amusement parks where people can take their friends and family on vacation where nobody will get bored. The following property located in Pomona, Missouri will probably check many boxes …