Shattering Stereotypes: RUINED EV Dominates the EV Aftermarket Scene
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Shattering Stereotypes: RUINED EV Dominates the EV Aftermarket Scene

Photo of David Perez and AJ Velasco of RUINED EV accepting award for Best Crew with Yokohama car model at Electrify Showoff in Washington, DC.
  • RUINED EV started as a Tesla hashtag in 2019 and has since become a major player in the EV aftermarket, showcasing stylish modifications.
  • At Electrify Expo in DC, RUINED EV’s East Coast division displayed 8 cars and 2 e-bikes, earning 10 awards, including Best Crew and Best of Show.
  • Innovators like CJ Cardinalli and AJ Velasco are pushing EV customization boundaries, with impressive Tesla Model 3 creations, exemplifying their commitment to pushing EV innovation with enhanced performance upgrades.

Remember back in 2019 when bagged Teslas sparked a trend? Yeah, that’s where RUINED started, just a hashtag. Fast forward to now, they’ve morphed into a tight-knit social media crew that’s setting the EV aftermarket world on fire. It’s like they’ve gone from a hashtag to a full-on movement, showing that EVs can be cooler than you ever imagined.

This squad of EV aftermarket enthusiasts has been taking their modified electric builds to the grand stage of The SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the mecca of all things automotive. Imagine 13 stunning custom EVs representing different brands at the same event. The RUINED crew made waves, and they even found themselves a new family in the process. Talk about #SquadGoals!


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After SEMA, RUINED EV was born. They saw the untapped potential in the electric aftermarket world and decided to take it by storm. Over the past few months, they’ve been hustling to team up with industry leaders and give electric cars the aftermarket love they deserve.


Electrify Expo: Where EV Innovation and Enthusiasm Collide

Fast forward to Electrify Expo tour that recently hit Washington, DC. This event is like the Super Bowl of EVs; it’s the largest EV festival in North America! It’s where innovation meets electrifying energy, and attendees get to see the coolest electric vehicles around. At Electrify Expo, EVs are everywhere, music is pumping, and good vibes all around.

And at the heart of the festival is Electrify Showoff section. Here, the spotlight is on the EV enthusiasts and their customized electric vehicles, celebrating the passion and creativity that fuel the EV aftermarket revolution. The visuals are jaw-dropping, and the energy is infectious. The festival also unleashed a wave of excitement with 13,000 demo rides, putting attendees in the driver’s seat of the EV revolution.

The weekend started with a bang, as over 100 electric mobility vehicles paraded through DC streets. E-bikes, e-scooters, and even e-skateboards all rolled together in a mesmerizing 20-mile group ride. It’s like a symphony of electric awesomeness cruising through the capital.


RUINED EV Takes Center Stage with Award-Winning Electric Cars and E-Bikes

  • Photo of Blake Rhodes' Innovative Electrified 1962 VW Beetle at Electrify Showoff in Washington, DC

Now, let’s talk about the stars of the show – the cars themselves. Toyo Tires and Bisimoto had some electric-swapped Porsches that made jaws drop. And Twisted Voltage? They rolled up in a classic electric VW Bug that was pure eye candy. But the spotlight was on RUINED EV, and boy, did they shine bright.

RUINED EV’s East Coast division didn’t just meet expectations – they crushed them! With 8 stunning cars and 2 e-bikes, they set records and kept their winning streak alive. AJ Velasco stole the show with a jaw-dropping custom Tesla Model 3 that earned him the Best of Show title. And we mustn’t overlook the electrifying impact of those customized e-bikes that stole the spotlight at the festival.

New member David Perez showed up with a Tesla Model 3 that was pure perfection. Think custom air suspension and an audiophile setup that would make any music lover drool. Herve Fontaine brought elegance to the table with his classy Tesla interior, while Mike Clifford’s wheels were simply killer.


RUINED EV Showcases Boundless Creativity and Customization on the West Coast

  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!
  • Ruined EV Tesla Model 3 Electrify Showoff - Electrify Expo San Francisco 2023
  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!
  • Tesla Model 3 Electrify Showoff - Electrify Expo San Francisco 2023
  • Tesla Model 3 Electrify Showoff - Electrify Expo San Francisco 2023
  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!
  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!
  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!
  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!
  • Electrify Showoff wows Long Beach with 100+ EVs, 40+ aftermarket exhibitors, electrified classics, and cutting-edge tech. Impressive lineup!

Now, let’s turn our attention to RUINED EV in the west coast. Chris Trujillo’s 2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance has truly left a mark at Electrify Showoff in San Francisco. His vehicle’s transformation is a testament to the boundless creativity of the EV aftermarket world. This stunning ride underwent a remarkable makeover, showcasing that EVs can be a canvas for personal expression and unique style.

And speaking of breaking boundaries, let’s not overlook the groundbreaking custom work by CJ Cardinalli on his 2018 Tesla Model 3, the epitome of an ultimate show car. With a striking blend of style and performance, this ride commands attention from all angles. From its meticulously crafted exterior to its jaw-dropping interior, CJ’s Tesla proves that the boundaries of EV customization are limitless. Highlighting CJ’s remarkable achievements, it’s worth noting that he clinched the prestigious titles of Best Sedan and Best Audio at Electrify Showoff held in San Francisco. Furthermore, his exceptional skills and innovation earned him the accolades of Best Use of Frunk and Best Interior at Electrify Showoff event in Long Beach, CA.

Americus Cuevas’ stunning JDM VIP-inspired 2018 Tesla Model 3 LR RWD has not only broken the mold but has also earned well-deserved recognition in the automotive world. Garnering the titles of Best Sedan and Best Stance in Long Beach, as well as the coveted Best of Show award in San Francisco, this remarkable vehicle is a testament to the harmonious blend of electric vehicle technology and VIP culture.

Ravi Vallabh’s Tesla Model 3 build not only captivates through its stunning transformation but also delights the auditory senses, earning him the esteemed Best Audio award at the Long Beach event. From prototype to powerhouse, Ravi’s journey as an EV enthusiast is truly transformational. His unwavering dedication and a diverse array of custom modifications spotlight the incredible potential within a standard Tesla. The ordinary has been transcended, resulting in a mesmerizing masterpiece that commands attention and admiration.


RUINED EV Dominates Awards, Sets Sights on Electrify Showoff NY

Ruined EV Tesla Model 3 Electrify Showoff - Electrify Expo San Francisco 2023

The awards list in DC? RUINED EV took home a whopping 10 awards, including Best Crew and Best of Show. AJ Velasco racked up trophies like it was a game, and the whole team brought their A-game to the festival.

So, what’s next for RUINED EV? They’re charged up for Electrify Showoff NY, where they’re about to unleash the King of the East Coast Tesla, owned by Rex Villa. And trust me, you won’t want to miss it. This isn’t just an expo; it’s a movement, a revolution, and it’s paving the way for the electric future.

In the end, Electrify Expo in DC showed us that EVs aren’t just the future – they’re the present. RUINED EV and their impressive lineup are proving that electric cars can be exciting, stylish, and downright mind-blowing. So, keep an eye out for their next move.


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