Fancy a classic Mini with an electric powertrain? Now you can have one!
London Electric Cars (LEC) offers an EV conversion package for classic Minis using pre-owned Nissan Leaf components
These days, you can get a fully electric Mini brand new. It's a pretty good electric car too, at least if you just want something that's good for zipping around town in most of the time. What if want that, but you're more of a fan of the classic Mini? It seems like London Electric Cars (LEC) has heard your pleas, as it's developed an EV conversion package for the classic Mini that we all know and love!
LEC's conversion kit uses pre-owned Nissan Leaf components and the company is also planning to utilise re-used and renewed computer hardware and batteries inside its traction packs. The reason for this is to make the conversion package as sustainable and cost-effective as possible, as these components can all be sourced cheaply and without having to do loads of additional manufacturing. This significantly cuts down on waste and carbon emissions, something which has been a constant bugbear put forward by EV naysayers.
The base package is set to cost £25,000 (around $35,400) excluding local taxes, shipping and the cost of a donor car (if required) and has a 20 kWh battery, which is good for a claimed range of 60-70 miles (96-113 km). Customers will have the option to have a more powerful electric motor and a bigger battery pack, as well as the option of LEC sourcing a donor car for the customer. All of these options will bump up the cost of the conversion. Each conversion takes around 6 weeks to complete and there's currently a waiting list of around 6 months. If you really want one of these electrified classic Minis, you might have to sit tight for a little bit!
"As a classic car enthusiast and advocate for affordable and sustainable electric vehicle conversions, it made sense for us to focus on the original Mini," said LEC's Founder and Managing Director Matthew Quitter. "Alec Issigonis was one of the most collaborative and free-thinking designers, but also someone who knew how to stick to a budget. With this EV conversion, we wanted the classic Mini to be an affordable yet useful option for city dwellers, not just in our home town of London but all over the world to tackle traffic and help put a stop to pollution."
The electric Mini isn't the only EV conversion that LEC offers to customers. In the past it's done electric conversions of the Morris Minor, Morris Traveller and the original Land Rover Defender. It's also very much open to bespoke conversions, suggesting a minimum budget of around £25,000 for the work. It seems like whatever classic car you may have that you want to have futureproofed through electric drive, LEC will have the skills and resources to get it done! For now though, we'll have to see what everyone thinks of this electrified classic Mini once it starts becoming more of a sight on our roads...