ECC says the fu­ture of clas­sic cars lies in elec­tric power

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Elec­tric Clas­sic Cars (ECC) is claim­ing that more cus­tomers are be­ing at­tracted to elec­tric con­ver­sions be­cause they aren’t con­fi­dent enough to run a his­toric ve­hi­cle, but still want ac­cess to the style only a clas­sic can of­fer.

ECC has just com­pleted work on a full restora­tion and elec­tric con­ver­sion of a 1979 Porsche 911, its sev­enth pro­ject com­ple­tion since launch­ing the busi­ness 18 months ago. ECC’s team of three has just started work on a 1974 BMW CSi restora­tion and con­ver­sion pro­ject and has four other projects on the go.

ECC owner Richard Mor­gan says that work has been con­sis­tent as more cus­tomers ap­proach the busi­ness for work to ac­cess the clas­sic car ex­pe­ri­ence with­out the has­sle of en­gine main­te­nance.

He says: ‘ We have two types of projects. We’ll get a com­mis­sion that is very ex­act for the type of car they want, how they want it re­stored and specced. These are big projects that take a bit of time.

‘Then there are the straight con­ver­sions where cus­tomers are com­ing to us with a clas­sic that is al­ready in good con­di­tion to con­vert it to elec­tric power.’

Mor­gan has been a clas­sic car fan from an early age but switched to elec­tric power af­ter con­vert­ing his 1964 VW Bee­tle. His pre­vi­ous job in re­new­able en­ergy linked his pas­sion for clas­sics and elec­tric power.

He launched the busi­ness af­ter in­ter­est gen­er­ated by his Bee­tle.

He says: ‘Our cus­tomers aren’t typ­i­cal clas­sic car own­ers be­cause it can take a bit of per­suad­ing to leave that com­bus­tion en­gine be­hind. I was the same, but con­vert­ing the Bee­tle re­newed my love for clas­sics. I feel that you get all the ben­e­fits of own­ing a clas­sic and none of the neg­a­tives.’

There are per­for­mance-re­lated ben­e­fits for some clas­sics as a re­sult too. ECC’s Bee­tle’s 0-60mph time jumped from around 30 sec­onds to just eight sec­onds, de­spite a 60kg weight gain as re­sult of the bat­ter­ies and elec­tric mo­tors.

Charg­ing times vary be­tween six hours on a stan­dard mains plug and 30 min­utes us­ing a spe­cial fast charger. Ranges vary be­tween 100 and 200 miles and ECC of­ten up­grades a con­verted car’s brakes and sus­pen­sion to cope with the ad­di­tional power.

Kits start from around £10,000, with com­pleted cars any­where be­tween £20k-50k.

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