There is much debate among enthusiasts as to whether converting your classic to electric would take away from the authenticity and feel of driving a classic. But for those who are interested in making their classic more environmentally friendly, Classic Motor Cars are leading the way.
With the drive to provide their clients with an option to move with the times, Classic Motor Cars have embarked on a new partnership with Electrogenic, one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle engineering companies. With CMC’s 30 years of experience bringing vehicles back to life and Electrogenic’s innovative electric conversions, together they are a winning duo.
“The problem was not that we didn’t want to move with the times especially when clients were starting to ask us to find a solution,” says CMC’s managing director Nigel Woodward.
“As a company it was a dilemma. We knew that we could restore a classic car to an award-winning specification, but we could not find an EV partner who could match this level of expertise in the conversion of the car from an internal combustion engine to an electric powertrain.”
That was until the CMC came across Electrogenic through a friend’s recommendation. After seeing an E-type with an electric motor with a proper clutch and gearbox, wheels started turning.
“Our aim right from the start has been to make our cars better versions of themselves, and this includes retaining the classic driving experience,” says Steve Drummond, Managing Director of Electrogenic.
He continued, “We wanted to keep gearboxes where possible and offer a range of power and charging options, all seamlessly melded with the character of the car. We wanted the cars to be the same weight as the petrol car where possible, to retain its original handling characteristics, and to re-distribute the weight where possible to improve the handling. Now, every time I get behind the wheel of a classic car, I think how much better it will drive once it’s electric.”
“We are very focused on our technology however, and although we do a lot of fabrication in-house to build things like battery boxes, motor mounts etc, we don’t restore vehicles. CMC obviously does and having spent time in their premises at Bridgnorth we are incredibly impressed not only with their organisation but with the quality of the work that they do. So, we are delighted to have a trusted restorer that we can refer our customers to. And we are even more delighted that CMC feels the same way about us and will be referring customers to Electrogenic.”
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