If you're a classic car owner, or even just an enthusiast, you will have no doubt heard about this debate. Whether or not to convert classic cars to electric vehicles (EVs) is a hot topic in the automotive world, and while there are compelling reasons both for and against converting, it's a decision that ultimately comes down to personal preference and values. In this blog, we'll explore the arguments on both sides.

The Case For EV Conversions

1. It's good for the environment

One of the most significant advantages of converting classic cars to EVs is the environmental impact. Electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, which significantly reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. For those who are interested in sustainability, converting a classic car to an EV is a way to enjoy their vehicle without contributing to environmental harm.

Robert Welch, co-founder at smallcarBIGCITY, part of the DRIVESHARE family, shares his thoughts: "Sustainability has always been a passion of mine. Weaving it into the fabric of our business of providing classic car tours of London has been a challenging but immensely rewarding process. The most significant move to net carbon positive has been converting our first classic to electric."

"Our 1994 Mini Cooper Rosie is the first to undergo the process and we could not be happier with the results", Robert continues. "We have classic car that looks exactly the same as all other Minis, still drives like a Mini, with extra torque from the electric motor, 80 mile range, and a regenerative braking system. It’s the perfect city car, with zero emissions, and no oil or engine noise, congestion charge or ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) payments! We can’t wait to convert the next one."

2. It can make your car more reliable

Electric motors provide instant torque, which can enhance the driving experience by offering smoother acceleration and improved performance. As well as this, EVs have fewer moving parts than traditional internal combustion engines, leading to lower maintenance costs and increased reliability.

3. It will future-proof your vehicle

As cities around the world implement stricter emissions regulations, driving a classic car with a traditional engine may become increasingly challenging. Converting to an EV can future-proof your classic car, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come without worrying about compliance with emission standards or potential bans on older vehicles.

The Case Against EV Conversions

1. Your car will be less authentic

For many classic car enthusiasts, one of the most appealing things about their vehicle is its authenticity. The sound of the engine, the feel of the manual transmission, and the quirks of older technology are all part of its charm. Converting a classic car to an EV can take away these idiosyncrasies, leaving a vehicle that may look the same but could feel very different.

2. It can cost a lot to convert

Converting a classic car to an EV by no means cheap. The cost of batteries, electric motors, and the time involved in the conversion process can add up quickly. For some, this financial investment may be difficult to justify, especially if the classic car is already in good condition.

3. It creates challenges for long trips

While EV technology has come a long way, range anxiety remains a concern for some drivers. Classic cars converted to EVs typically have a more limited range compared to modern electric vehicles. Not only that, the availability of charging infrastructure can vary depending on location, which may create challenges for drivers planning long road trips in their converted classics.

The decision to convert a classic car to an EV is influenced by a variety of factors including environmental values, budget, and a desire to preserve the authentic driving experience. As EV technology continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how the classic car community adapts and whether electric conversions become more commonplace.

At DRIVESHARE, we're all about the diversity of classic car ownership and the innovative ways to keep their vehicles on the road. So whether you’re a purist or an innovator, there’s a place for you in our growing community. Explore our collection of classic cars here on DRIVESHARE, and if you're in the UK and Europe, at BookAclassic.

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