Converting a classic car to a fully electric vehicle would not only save you money on fuel bills and ongoing maintenance and servicing costs as electric drive systems are generally maintenance-free. No more engine problems, just relax and enjoy a reliable vehicle.
It can depend if you want to use a kit or work to build something more custom. They vary from vehicle to vehicle, with the majority of the cost being the batteries. Every year the cost of batteries goes down, as demand and development continue.
5. What range can I achieve from an electric conversion?
The general calculation for battery range is the batteries useable capacity which is (around 80%) over the watt-hour per mile (average laden weight divided by 10). Taking the Tesla battery for example which is 5.3kW each. If you were to have 12 of these batteries you would have a total of 63.6kwH, this gives us a useable capacity of 50,880wh, 80% of 63,600wh. The watt-hour per mile is 1500kg (a rough average laden weight of a classic cars) divide this by 10, which leaves you with 150wh/m. Finally, 50,880wh over 150wh/m leave us with 339 miles or 547 km range from that system. Below is an example list of the range available for different numbers of batteries.
Apromate ranges for a vehicle with a average laden weight of 1500kg
12 batteries – useable wh = 68000wh / 150wh/m = 340 miles / 545km range**
10 batteries – useable wh = 42400wh / 150wh/m = 282 miles / 453 km range**
8 batteries – useable wh = 33920wh / 150wh/m = 226 miles / 363 km range**
6 batteries – useable wh = 24000wh / 150wh/m = 160 miles / 257 km range**
4 batteries – useable wh = 16960wh / 150wh/m = 113 miles / 181 km range**
**These are rough caulcation, based on averages. The biggest variables are the kilowatt hour of the battiers and the typical laden weight of the vehicle.