Classic car purists may not like the idea of owning an electric classic vehicle but it appears that they are here to stay if recent news articles are anything to go by. So, read on if we have captured your imagination – you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find out.
A business called Electrogenic based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire is involved in converting classic cars into 100% electric vehicles. Apparently, it is able to convert say a classic vehicle that you have had for years or it can even source a classic car that can then be converted into an electric vehicle but still retain the looks of your cherished vehicle.
As the UK and the rest of the world move away from petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles to electric cars, now may be a potentially good time to look into the electrification of your classic car. Obviously, you will need to consider the cost of such a conversion as the initial outlay may be quite significant but perhaps over an extended period of time it may have been worth your while from a financial perspective.
Electrogenic say that when it converts an older vehicle it typically means that the power of the car is increased. It gives an example of a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that it converted increasing the power from 36hp to 107hp with the result that the classic car can get from a standing start to 60mph in less than 7 seconds – sounds like a nippy vehicle.
There is even an Electrogenic Owners Club that, for a fixed annual fee – although it is worth noting that the first year is free, owners of Electrogenic R-EV converted classic cars benefit from a number of things such as a free annual check-up, a discount off maintenance labour rates, offers to do with classic cars, a home service upon request, a helpline available 24 hours and get togethers at certain events.
The business has converted a variety of classic vehicles to electric power including a 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1964 Volkswagen T2 (The Marmite Bus), a 1951 Hudson Commodore 6A, a 1957 Morgan 4/4 and a 1976 Triumph Stag.
So, are electric classic cars the way ahead? Who knows – only time will tell but we shall monitor the situation and keep our readers updated when appropriate.