FIVA’s rejection of electric-swapped classics may be a buzzkill, but it isn’t surprising

FIVA’s recent announcement decrying the rise of electric powertrain swaps is striking some as a bit curt, even snobbish. The statement has certainly ruffled plenty of feathers, but this action falls neatly in line with the organization’s mission to—strictly speaking—preserve historic vehicles.

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (International Federation of Historic Vehicles) has been fighting for the preservation of vintage automobiles since 1966. The Italy-based group abides by the Charter of Turin Handbook, which defines a historic vehicle as “any car or truck that is at least 30 years old, has been preserved and maintained in correct historical condition, and is not used as daily transportation.”