A 1958 Rolls-Royce with an aluminum, eight-cylinder engine block can be exceptionally quiet when switched to an electric motor.
After 6 decades, modern technology is bringing good aspects. And the fact that a noisy and gas-guzzling old car can operate smoothly is no longer a difficult thing to imagine, thanks to electricity.
Founded in 2018 in Silverstone, UK, Lunaz luxury car factory specializes in electrifying classic luxury cars, from a 6-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom to an Aston Martin DB5. Lunaz is also one of the good growth businesses in this service sector.
David Lorenz, founder of Lunaz, says that electric motors can help classic cars have low maintenance costs and eco-friendly use to “preserve these models for future generations”. “.
Electric vehicles also have many benefits, according to Dominic Dattero-Snell, a technology researcher at Cardiff University with expertise in sustainable transport. Without exhaust pipes, electric cars are less polluting and cheaper to refuel than petrol and diesel cars.
But according to a 2018 analysis from Zemo, a British public-private partnership (PPP) model, while a new electric vehicle has lower CO2 emissions than a petrol car, the manufacturing process can be quite expensive. can account for 20-90% of emissions associated with an electric vehicle (depending on power source). A 2021 report by the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) states that the entire production of electric vehicles in Europe for a mid-size car generates two tons more CO2 than the production process. export a regular car model.
Converting a conventional vehicle into an electric vehicle bypasses the manufacturing process, and upgrading older models makes it more resource efficient, says Dattero-Snell.
Besides replacing the internal combustion engine with a self-designed electrical system, Lunaz also restored the antique car in a more modern direction, in accordance with the requirements of the customer.
Green Shed Conversions, founded in 2006 in Florida, USA, and OZ Motors, founded in Japan in 2010, both do the same thing. There is a remarkable growth in this industry.
“The biggest change is the amount of investment coming into this market,” Lorenz said. Investments have driven technology development and the proliferation of firms. Lunaz has received investments from big names like the Reuben and Barclay families. Recently, former football player David Beckham also bought 10% of the company’s shares.
Lunaz can convert 120 vehicles a year, but Lorenz still hinted at future expansion. Converting models to older models is not cheap, with costs ranging from $250,000 and possibly up to a million dollars. At this time, Lunaz is full for 2022.
While Lunaz operates in a luxury market, another in the UK is looking for a more affordable solution to the transition to electric vehicles. Matthew Quitter converted a 1953 Morris Minor into an electric car and this was also the inspiration for him to start his own workshop, London Electric Cars in 2017.
Quitter’s 16 projects now cost $41,000-275,000. But the number could be further reduced to meet demand for “affordable conversions”.
Globally, transportation accounts for about 20% of CO2 emissions, and cars and motorbikes account for 45% of these. In 2020, the UK government announced plans to stop selling internal combustion engine cars in the next decade, helping electric cars gain public attention. At least 11 other countries have similar plans by 2030, with clear goals for the next decade.
The interest in electric vehicles is reflected by the industry’s own growth globally, with a 43% increase in 2020, while industry-wide sales are down 16%. But Quitter says that if countries are working to deliver on commitments to reduce emissions, buying electric cars alone won’t be enough.
“If you have to comply with emissions reduction regulations by the end of 2030, you will have to give up a huge number of cars, because they have internal combustion engines,” according to Quitter.
Dattero-Snell also agrees that transitioning to electric vehicles could become an effective alternative to old-vehicle scrapping programs. The expert also added that while discussions about conversions are often focused on the classic car market, the idea could apply to the budget segment as well.
That’s also what Lunaz is aiming for – not just luxury cars, but commercial vehicles, like garbage trucks.
Many passenger cars and commercial vehicles are abandoned before they have even completed 10 percent of the range, and that’s why the transition to electric vehicles could offer a solution, according to Lorenz.
But switching to electric vehicles is not an easy option because it is expensive and time consuming. Classic car models are said to be perfect for testing, but still not immune to controversy.
Some car enthusiasts, such as FBHVC (UK) believe that antique cars should not be upgraded to meet the performance and environmental standards that apply to modern cars. For some people, the transition to electric vehicles destroys the soul of a car. In the UK, vintage cars account for only about 1.8 per cent of vehicle registrations and only about 0.2 per cent of annual mileage, and it is a well-argued that the switch to electric motors will only have an impact. small impact on the environment.
But the problem is not only with the environmental benefits, but also with performance and perception.
Five years ago, electric motor manufacturer Electric GT (USA) and compatriot EV West converted a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS. In 2018, in a race with an original Ferrari, an electric Ferrari model. to the finish line first.
Lunaz also wanted to increase the driving experience at every angle. Car owners, especially those who enjoy the driving experience, often feel attached to the engine on their car. For Lorenz, the beauty of classic cars “will never be recreated in a modern car”. But making classic cars easier to use and maintain is crucial to their longevity, and Lorenz adds: “Once you’ve ridden an electric, you won’t want to go back.”
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