By Mike Atwal
8th August 2019

Not In My Lifetime… Or So I Thought



Governments across the more developed parts of the world are taking a tougher stance on traditional fossil fuelled cars, paving the pathway for electricity to take over. I had shrugged off the electric revolution with this thought. “It will not happen during my lifetime.”

Well it has. The mighty Toyota Prius was my first affair with a car that could silently pull away, creep up on unsuspecting pedestrians and give you great satisfaction driving slowly in ‘“Electric Vehicle mode” to see if you could avoid the engine kicking in. Then Tesla changed the game. A fast passenger ride in one a friend had on loan and an Uber taxi experience. Both encounters put that linear acceleration and interior finesse on the map for me.

Manufacturers are flexing their electronic wizardry muscles, BMW with their little i3 and supercar styled i8, Renault with the Zoe and Nissan with their Leaf. To name a few. I spotted an all electric Fiat 500 and late model Golf in the classifieds abroad too. Didn’t know they existed. So when is the time to join the new age trend?

I was fascinated to see a video of an old BMW 8 series that has been converted to be an electric vehicle. I dug deeper and found a VW Camper and 90’s Peugeot 106 with a bespoke conversion. They are out there, and I guess it makes sense. We accept that engine and running gear swaps are the norm, it is perhaps time to embrace a new type of transplant. One that needs plugging in.

It breaks my heart to say it but I do wonder if one day we will be regulated and priced out of using our classic love. Maybe we may have no choice?

What classic car would you choose to convert? And more importantly, what would you do with the old engine? Possibly the one factor that went hand in hand with the bodyshell making your chosen car special in the first place.

 


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When will the infrastructure be in place to support the mass introduction of ev’s?

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Michael

This is the same thought that rattles in my head Trev, and to be honest I personally feel it is such a huge task. The landscape as we know it will change for sure.

Are you a fan of EV tech?

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Global warming means that the days of the internal combustion engine are coming to an end, gutting for many (like me) who enjoys his Porsche! However, some amazing ev sporting vehicles are nearing release so there is hope yet. It does beg the question, we all know that taxis, Lorries, ships etc are massive polluters- why are they conveniently never mentioned by governments? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions but it does illustrate the total lack of joined up thinking by our wonderful politicians on this and many other crucial policies.

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I totally agree. Not to mention I’m a non smoker, reuse by carrier bags and keep an eye on wasted energy ie not leaving lights etc on, I for one do think cars are being focused on intensely for no valid reason…but my organised side says that one day I’ll have to accept that an EV is a must – to keep mobile…

What model of Porsche do you have?

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It’s a Cayman Gen2 987 lots of driving pleasure for reasonable costs – and 36 mpg today!
Looking for a nice air cooled 911 if you know of one…..

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Hey Mike I thought that was your Beemer when I first saw the photo! Would be surprised if you went the EV route, trust all’s well
Alasdair

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Hi Alasdair, great to hear from you and yes all is good this end thank you. My 840 is still drinking the good stuff, no EV action for me yet.

But it is upon us I think…what do you think of the EV scene?