Dave Budge never imagined he'd be someone to start an automotive company, but that's exactly what he's done.
Jaunt takes iconic four-wheel drives and transforms them into electric vehicles.
"I've always gone hiking, bushwalking, camping and 4WDing and wanted to be able to drive around in the bush, in silence, without the sound of a diesel engine," Mr Budge said.
Born in Bendigo, the 40-year-old Jaunt co-founder and entrepreneur has a consciousness of the environmental impact cars are having.
Looking for his next career project, Mr Budge considered his skillset.
A career spent in the media, design and communications industries allowed him to work on a range of projects, but he was looking for something he could work on over time and that would keep his interest.
"I used the Japanese ikigai process, which combines four Venn diagrams.
"Basically you ask yourself what am I good at, what can I get paid for, what do I love and what does the world need?
"Where things overlap, if you can find something overlapping in all four elements, maybe that's where your real passion is," Mr Budge said.
His career prior to Jaunt was in industries that had a lot of crossover.
Taking emerging technologies, creating a vision and bringing it to the wider public was part of his remit.
"That's how I convinced myself, without mechanical or electrical training, that I could do something like this," Mr Budge said.
After chatting to a work acquaintance, Marteen Burger, Jaunt was soon born.
Ms Berger's skills in production and management were the perfect match for Mr Budge's flair for design and creativity.
Jaunt selected the Series Land Rover as its prototype vehicle for remanufacture, owing to its abundance, price and extensive parts network.
"You just want to get in and get the first Land Rover, but that's not the way to go about it.
"As passionate as you are, you don't want to be crazy and build something nobody needs or wants," Mr Budge said.
Months of information gathering and moving from a core idea to a business was all part of the process.
Jaunt has been working on its first prototype vehicle for the past six months in Coburg North and Clayton South and hopes to have it on the road in the coming weeks.
"For us, it's not the car, it's the experience it can deliver.
"It is a simple, silent vehicle that is designed to get you to a great place," Mr Budge said.
The build process hasn't been without its hiccups.
Learning a new vocabulary and an industry with physical and labour costs is all new to Mr Budge.
"We are trying to implement the best of manufacturing techniques," he said.
The variability of hand built British cars from the 1950s, 60s and 70s was something Jaunt wasn't prepared for.
"There is a lack of precision in the manufacturing from those times.
"Thinking we could standardise on certain processes and measurements isn't possible.
"Maintaining flexibility is key," Mr Budge said.
The old Land Rover is fitted with an electric motor, but maintains its original gearbox and 4WD system.
Battery packs feature within the chassis rails, while increased crash protection, power steering and a fuel filler converted to an electric vehicle charging port are some of the additions.
Jaunt hopes to have a mix of electric vehicles for purchase and lease, throughout Australia.
"We will be placing our first vehicle in some trial environments.
"For example, having a vehicle for a week in Daylesford or Bendigo to trial it out," Mr Budge said.
Jaunt is built around the community and keeping things local and it wants the vehicles to support the communities they're in, Mr Budge said.
"We want to source vehicles locally and do as much work as possible locally and offer them back to the community and tourists," Mr Budge said.
A partnership with Bendigo Tech School will achieve that, with students to have the chance to work with electric vehicles and consider the future of mobility.
For a man who didn't get his drivers license until he was 27 years old, Mr Budge jokes that he has become a used car salesman.
However he chooses to look at it, Mr Budge is blazing his own trail.