London Electric Cars (LEC) has launched a classic Mini EV conversion that will cost you £25,000 with a range of 60 – 70 real-world city miles…
Sounds amazing, right?
That’s £65,000 less than the Swind E Classic Mini with its 80kW electric motor and 125 miles of range but you’ll have to make sure those local taxes are paid, shipping costs are covered and the all-important donor car is on tap for LEC to work their magic on.
LEC claims to be the only electric car conversion specialist within the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) as well as being the only EV converter based in one of the world’s largest cities. The company is looking to transform the way electric vehicle ownership and electric-powered conversions of classic cars from petrol power are viewed. Founded only four years ago, LEC also says they’re 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 usages, such as stereo and heater‘.
On the face of it, the base 20kWh £25,000 classic Issigonis conversion (excluding local taxes, shipping, and donor) looks appetising enough around the average city, with its projected range of 60 – 70 miles covering most local drivers needs.
Owners can opt for a higher kWh motor and upgraded batteries 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 should they wish.
It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and more. Not only does my classic Mini have a new lease of life, but it’s perfect for running around London and so cheap to run! No more worrying if I’ve forgotten to pay the Congestion Charge and there are so many public charging points around. It really is a win, win
The production-ready EV-powered classic Mini has been tested and driven over 2,000 miles with the order books now said to be open with each conversion taking around six weeks to transform to run on electric power.
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.
So, are you convinced yet?
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