Last updated on June 2nd, 2020 at 01:28 pm
Your first outing in a premium EV such as a Tesla is likely to be a memorable driving experience. But many of us will look at the futuristic appearance (and spartan interior in Tesla’s case) and hanker for something with a bit more individualistic character. Unfortunately, one of the big casualties of the push towards low emissions is the modern classic car. London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone, for example, will banish classic cars younger than a 1981 year of manufacture when it arrives in 2021 to outside the North Circular, unless a fee of £12.50 per day of usage is paid.
But what if you could drive a vehicle full of personality that you’ve always dreamed of since childhood, but without the emissions baggage? What if it was a lot more reliable, too? Well, with the help of one of a growing number of UK companies, you can have the best of both worlds. We asked two of the leading UK-based EV classic car conversion companies to explain what services they offered, how much it could cost, and what the end results might drive like.
Electric Classic Cars (ECC) is based in Newtown, Powys in Wales and claims to be biggest EV classic conversion company in the world, while Electrogenic operates out of Kidlington in Oxfordshire. Both companies have converted hundreds of cars, with standouts like Electric Classic Cars’ Ferrari 308 and Electrogenic’s Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and “Marmite” VW camper pickup. We learned that almost any car can be made into an EV. Read on for all the details.