Electric Dreams: The business which converts beautiful classic cars to run on modern electric batteries – ChronicleLive


Classic and Electric Vehicles in Durham is ensuring vintage cars can still continue to be driven in the future as well as tackling climate change and helping the environment

Converting classic cars to run on modern electric batteries is a niche but growing market place operated by just a handful of companies in the UK.

One such company is Classic and Electric Vehicles in the City of Durham which is run by George Kinghorn whose aim is getting people into using electric cars.

Environmentally conscious drivers who have a passion for classic cars can now have a vintage vehicle which has been converted to modern electric battery power using recycled Nissan Leaf components, meaning it can continue be driven on the road on a day to day basis for years to come in a non-polluting way for a price of around £20,000

Although the initial cost is expensive once converted to electric the vehicles are far cheaper and easier to run from a fuel and maintenance point of view, on a penny per mile basis they cost about a quarter of what you would pay for a petrol or diesel car.

If you want to own a classic car in the future it’s going to need to be electric. By driving an electric vehicle you’re helping to save the planet, obviously they are emission free and if there’s a renewable energy source for the electricity being used to charge it you’re helping to tackle climate change and help the environment.

Electric car owners will also tell you they are far nicer to drive, there’s no clattering engines or jerky gear changes, they run quietly and smoothly and offer a far more pleasant overall driving experience especially when they are underneath the body of a beautiful old classic.

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