Fully electric cars might evoke images of flashy designed modern vehicles filled to the brim with the latest from the world of automobile technology. While that's how things do stand at the moment though the fact is, there is another and less explored side of the story as well.
It is here that the company Electric Classic Cars come into the picture. And much like what it signifies, it specializes in taking up classic cars and transforming them into pure electric versions while keeping the classic appeal of the cars untouched. Case in point, the new 1965 VW Beetle with the "new" bit reserved for its propulsion system.
The car looks exactly the same both from the inside and the outside, though the changes are lurking underneath the skin. There are now two batteries each, accommodated along the front and rear for optimum weight distribution. Together they make up 22 kWh of power source that allows for a range of 100 miles or so, Tree Hugger reported.
There are two driving modes available, the Power mode - think Ludicrous but from a classic angle - that allows for faster acceleration that comes at the cost of range, while the Eco mode allows for more practical driving and likewise, has a positive impact on the range.
Surely not designed to burn race tracks but the zero to 100 kmph comes up in a shade below 10 seconds. Charging time cited is seven hours using the standard 3 kW charger, though there is also the 7 kW charger as an optional extra for those who need to get it done faster.
Apart from the change of powertrain, the Beetle has also been enhanced with upgraded suspension setup and a thicker anti-roll bar. Similarly, disc brakes have also been added for better stopping power.
As for the company, the UK based Classic Electric Cars are run by two at the moment - Graham Swann and Richard Morgan. However, they are both best suited for the job considering that Swann is an electrical engineer and is in charge of swapping the conventional engine with the AC/DC drives to the car. Morgan, on the other hand, is a classic car enthusiasts and brings extensive experience in the energy efficiency industry spanning two decades to the table.
Price, as quoted by Electrek is $45,000 can be considered a bit hefty considering that the same would fetch the likes of the much more modern Tesla Model 3s, or the Chevy Bolts or the Nissan Leafs. That said, classic cars have an appeal of their own and be priceless for the right owner.