Classic car electric conversion will be ‘increasingly important’ within the next decade

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Steve Drummond, founder of classic car conversion business Electrogenic said interest in classic car conversions will “start to tip” in the right direction within years. He warned changes to petrol stations and the introduction of Clean Air Zones could see more drivers turn to electrification in order to keep their classics on the roads.

Speaking to Electrogenic, Mr Drummond said: “In the end, I think the telling thing is going to be if you roll forward 10 years.

“If most people have electric cars, how many independent retailers for a start but also chains will maintain the cost and expense of running petrol stations. So it will start to tip.

“Starting October this year you can’t drive through the centre of Oxford unless [the car] is 100 percent electric, no excuses.

“The London ULEZ has an exception for classic cars.

“But the number of conversations I’ve heard, people saying ‘oh I’ll just get an older car then’, I can’t see that loophole lasting forever.”

Usually, classic car conversions will use the original bodywork and chassis and install a battery motor inside

However, some specialists will now offer full restoration from the ground up including the option to fabricate body parts.

Electrogenic said conversions of older models will usually result in a massive increase in power.

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However, they warn conversions are different for every make and model making it a unique challenge.

All stages of the conversion process are planned in advance to ensure all parts fit with the electric battery.

They warn other parts such as the car’s brakes or drivetrain may possibly need some work based on the specific model.

Conversions can start from as little as £25,000 – £30,000 making it a bit cheaper than some brand new electric supercars.

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