British company is converting classic cars to EVs by using electric motors and batteries from crashed Teslas and other electric vehicles.
With the world slowly shifting towards eco-friendly fuels, a startup in London is converting vintage and classic cars to electric by using recycled Tesla and Nissan motors. It is understood the number of electric cars surpassed ten million by the end of 2020, with China boasting the largest fleet overall. Around three million of these were registered last year alone, with the number expected to increase significantly this year.
Many leading automotive brands are already prepping to go full electric in the coming decade, with some, like Volvo, setting more aggressive targets. The Swedish automaker plans to sell only electric cars from 2030, while Ford, GM, Volkswagen and Stellantis are also aiming to increase their electric fleets significantly by the end of the decade. However, even as newer, greener vehicles make their way to garages, older gas-guzzlers continue to ply on the roads, belching toxic fumes and creating health hazards for millions.
A British automotive company called London Electric Cars is trying to change that by swapping the internal combustion engines in older cars with new-age electric motors. Founded in 2017 by Londoner Matthew Quitter, the company is retrofitting classic and vintage automobiles with electric engines, thereby preventing the vehicles from ending up in the junkyard for failing to meet the strict emission norms. What’s more, recycled electric motors and batteries are being used to keep costs low and ensure maximum eco-friendliness.
Electric Engines Come From Crashed EVs
As reported by the BBC, the electric motors that go into the older cars are sourced from crashed Teslas, Nissan Leafs, and other electric vehicles. In most cases, the donor cars are insurance write-offs but have working motors, batteries, and powertrains. Explaining the inspiration behind starting the company, Quitter told the BBC that it would be a massive loss to scrap millions of old and historic cars due to government policies. Instead, retrofitting them with electric motors can increase their lifespan while reducing the consumption of hydrocarbons at the same time. Quitter further felt that the government should help increase EV conversions with grants and rebates like it does with brand new EVs.
Some of the most notable conversions done by the company include a 1953 Morris Minor converted with a recycled Tesla motor and a 1993 Mini (shown above) which received a motor and drivetrain from a Nissan Leaf. The conversions mean super-low running costs, which the company claims comes to around £1 per charge and £50 a year for typical daily London commutes. What’s more, these EVs can be charged with any standard 13A household socket and, are also exempt from paying myriad charges and fees, including London’s congestion charge and ULEZ. The only downside is the initial cost of the conversion to electric, at £20,000-£30,000 per vehicle.
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Source: London Electric Cars, BBC
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