London firm electrified the classic Mini
The firm has replaced the standard engine with the powertrain from the Nissan Leaf.
The London Electric Cars (LEC) has unveiled an electric version of the classic Mini that uses batteries and motors from pre-owned Nissan Leaf EVs. This gives the car a range of 60-70 miles, as well as the price of £25,000.
What's most unique about this scheme is the LEC's business model, as usually customers can take their own classic cars and then have them converted. However, if the customer doesn't own a car, the company car source it for a premium. However, you should not expect to receive the upgraded car instantly, as build waiting times are currently 6 months.
LEC founder Matthew Quitter has stated that, "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." Besides the Mini, LEC has also converted other classics such as the Morris Minor and the original Land Rover.
Although I'm sceptical about LEC's business model, I'm still very much invested in the idea of converting classic cars into electric vehicles, and I would like Mini to actually start taking old cars and electrifying them, since that will make them both greener and most likely more affordable.