The startup’s founder, Matthew Quitter, launched the startup in 2017 after converting his own 1953 Morris Minor into an electric vehicle. He replaced the fuel engine with a set of lithium-ion cells with nine prisms.
“I saw companies in California converting cars and there was no one in the UK to do that at the time,” Quitter told Euronews Next.
Currently the London Electric Cars team consists of 10 engineers who convert petrol engines to clean energy engines. Engineers turn old vehicles into zero-emission cars with the help of Nissan Leaf and Tesla batteries. They work with 3D printers and lithium-ion cells. However, Quitter’s team tries to save the original fixtures and fittings of the cars.
Since vintage cars are not equipped with modern features like power steering and satellite navigation, these cars require less effort to transform. Therefore, the replacement cost is also very less.
It takes a team up to six months to replace a single car. The cost of converting the car starts from GBP 25,000 (approximately Rs 25.3 lakh).
Following the company’s launch, several other electric vehicle conversion companies emerged in the UK. But according to Quitter, London Electric Cars is different as it tries to bring this feature to the mass market. They also have conversion kits that can be sent to car owners. The company is also trying to convert the car in less time.
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