A new £15k bolt-in kit turns your classic Mini into an electric car
Another classic car joins the EV party: new conversion kit for iconic Brit city car revealed by Electrogenic
The problem with converting classic cars to run as EVs is it costs an absolute bomb – just look at Singer or Lunaz or Zero Labs for the excruciating truth. But there is another way, and this time it only costs a small explosion.
Following on from its success with EV kits for the Land Rover Defender, Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911 and Triumph Stag, Electrogenic has come up with a drop-in kit for anyone wanting to convert their classic Mini. The 60bhp/100lb ft system will set buyers back, ahem, just £15k (plus VAT, plus a qualified mechanic to fit it… so probably £20k in reality). Expensive, but much better value than a full restomod job. Electrogenic tells us the kit has been designed to deliver ‘superb performance’ and mirror the ‘nippy, responsive character of the original car’. Which is nothing less than we’d hope for.
Electrogenic anticipates an 80-mile range for the conversion, and says it will offer an extended range option for those wanting a bit more distance – and a bit less range anxiety – under their belt.
The drop-in kit comes fully assembled and is entirely incorporated into a replacement front subframe – even the 20kWh batteries are pre-mounted and wired in. In fact, all your chosen qualified mechanic needs to do is bolt in the assembly, wire in the throttle and dashboard and charge you a pretty penny for the privilege.
Then all the proud new owner needs to do is find a working and available charger, get juiced up and head off silently into their exciting new EV future.
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