London Electric Cars has launched its own affordable electric-powered classic Mini with prices starting from £25,000.
Based in the heart of London, LEC is the only electric car conversion specialist within the Ultra Low Emission Zone as well as being the only EV converter based in one of the world’s largest cities.
Founded in 2017, the company is on a mission to create sustainably converted classic cars using electric power, with real-life EV mileage predictions based on real-world city driving and in-car usage, such as stereo and heater.
The converted Mini has a base 20 kWh battery with a projected range of 60 – 70 miles, with owners having the ability to install a higher kWh battery to provide more range at an additional cost.
Drivers can use any Type 1 or Type 2 public charger available country-wide, rapid charging on demand, as well as use their private home wall-box systems and also charge from a domestic 13A socket.
The team has conducted extensive research, development, and independent analysis to prove that by using a pre-owned Nissan Leaf infrastructure (motor and battery cells) it is a more sustainable solution than mining and creating materials for an LEC-only powertrain.
Matthew Quitter, Founder and Managing Director of London Electric Cars explained that this Mini is the perfect solution for someone that loves a classic design that is powered by clean energy.
“As a classic car enthusiast and advocate for affordable and sustainable electric vehicle conversions, it made sense for us to focus on the original Mini,” he said. “With this EV conversion we wanted the classic Mini to be an affordable yet useful option for city dwellers, not just in our hometown of London but all over the world to tackle traffic and help put a stop to pollution.”
The current waiting time is around six months for customers with cars in the UK, and the company has a range of customers looking to convert their cars and ship them to their homes around the world, with one of the biggest markets being America, closely followed by Japan. Each conversion starts from £25,000 plus donor, local taxes, duties and shipping for the basic 20 kWh electric adaptation.
The electric classic Mini conversion is part of the UK-based company’s affordable EV conversion range, which includes the iconic British Land Rover, Morris Minor and Morris Traveller.