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Owners turn to electric to provide a future for classic cars

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A Porsche 912 with a newly fitted electric motor designed to eliminate emissions

Classic car enthusiasts are turning to the latest automotive technology to ensure their past jewelry still has a place in the future.

As governments seek to reduce the emissions burden caused by the millions of cars on our roads, more and more owners choose to convert their gasoline engine classics into electric motors.

When Ian Corlett inverts his 1966 silver Porsche 912 in the garage of his home near Los Angeles, he makes almost no noise.

More and more classic and old cars are replacing their gasoline engines with electric motors

Because the iconic petrol engine & # 39; boxer & # 39; The car was removed and replaced with a small, immaculate battery and a battery of batteries.

Ian said, "If you like old cars but don't want to deal with the mechanics, this is bulletproof. It's like the old car for people who like new cars. It meets all the requirements."

He admits that he misses Porsche's classic guttural roar as he drives. But low maintenance and 100-mile range are sufficient compensations.

There is growing anxiety in the world of classic cars about how vehicles will remain sustainable under the pressure to phase out gasoline in the coming years.

It has helped fuel the conversion boom, even though costs currently reach tens of thousands.

Tesla engines are used to assemble classic cars with electric motors.
Teslas are used to assemble classic cars with electric motors.

A few miles north of San Diego, Michael Bream directs EV West, one of the leading exponents of the art of turning oil classics into streetcars.

The initial goal was not to save the planet, but to save the cars and improve their performance. Environmental benefits are a welcome byproduct, increasingly important to many homeowners.

Most EV West electric motors are taken from downloaded Teslas.

"Being environmentally and socially responsible, we are launching a product with high recyclable content and a very low carbon footprint. We are essentially removing engines and batteries from cars that had not previously had a goal. Classic cars, we are solving two problems in one."

There is disagreement from the purists.

Did traditional gasoline engines have their day?
Did traditional gasoline engines have their day?

"When you start tampering with the essence of a gasoline-powered vehicle, essentially the heartbeat, the engine and the driving force, it slows down the car," said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

The museum is full of examples of the long history of the electric car.

"Personally, I hope that people who choose to do this in their vehicles will do so with cars that are of no greater importance than the original authentic vehicles. You will want to leave that originality and authenticity intact," Kendall added.

But Michael Bream disagrees.

"The museums are full, they don't want another Volkswagen," he said. "Let's take care of the guys who really like driving."

Other big issues lie ahead of classic car owners – how they deal with roads full of autonomous vehicles, for example – in a rapidly approaching future of motoring.


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