When Norbert Seibt speaks about electric cars, the technical terms and his enthusiasm bubble out of him. Seibt then talks about adapter plates and motor mounts, about EMC certificates and vacuum pumps. Above all, however, he describes the feeling of gliding along the streets of his Bavarian homeland in an electric car like his. “You almost float over the asphalt,” he raves. “Once you’ve experienced this, you’ll never want to go back to a gasoline engine.”
Seibt, 57, has found his passion – and lives it out in his profession. The expert and trained automotive mechanic in Lower Bavaria is inspecting more and more electric cars from hobbyists for initial registration in addition to inspecting other vehicles for TÜV SÜD Auto Service. When he joined TÜV SÜD in 2001, electric cars only rolled down the street in science fiction films. “I would never have thought that one day I would be inspecting cars like this at the PTI station in Eggenfelden almost every week,” says Seibt.
Things changed when an inventor from the region began to turn decommissioned collectible cars into electric cars. First an old Fiat 500, and later a Volkswagen Beetle. The only guideline he followed was a TÜV SÜD data sheet. After the projects were finished, the vehicles just needed to pass inspection. The first electric car rolled into Norbert Seibt’s inspection station. “I immediately fell in love with the concept,” Seibt remembers.