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    Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    Petition to change legislation to allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be inspected and reclassified as zero emissions for their road fund licence. This would open up a new industry in the UK for converting cars to electric, which is more environmentally friendly than buying a new car.

    A new industry is emerging in the UK for converting ICE powered vehicles to electric, this should also be applied to one of conversions. This has the potential to be a big sector of the automotive world in years to come, especially with the ban on new ICE cars from 2030. The conversion costs are lower than the cost of a new car, and this would potentially allow those who cannot afford a new car to get an older model converted to keep it on the road and be green at the same time. At present converted cars are still subject to their tax class.

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    Does the conversion from ICE to electric result in the loss of Historic Status? If it does then there's one less reason to convert!

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    Guy,
    As I understand it, NO the intention is to preserve the historic status, but update the motive power information

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    But will the changes made (Radically Altered Vehicle) then require an annual MOT that current Historics are exempt from? Not that I actually know anyone making use of this and not having an annual check! It's the one part of Historic Status I really dislike but do understand that lots of MOT testers aren''t familiar with older cars...

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    But what is the target vehicle?
    Would there be anyone here wanting their Stratos converted? Which classic car enthusiast wants an electric conversion? Except Charlie with his E-type, which actually says it all really....

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    John, I think the difference is that we don't know what is coming from HM government, and having the ability to update the motive power information doesn't mean that you necessarily will use the option.
    Ten years from now, it might be that SVA is only open to none hydro-carbon cars, so if this is an option that is possibly available, it would be short sighted to turn it down on the basis that we don't need it NOW

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    There is an all-aluminium space framed front drive 4 door 4/5 seater car dating from around 2000, weighing 890kg (with ICE) and readily available for around ?800-?1000 - it seems ideal for an electric conversion, and to create a distinct tax class reflecting the new power unit seems sensible. It's not Historic, or Classic, but it might provide a route to a cheaper EV..or the next generation of 'kit' builders..

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    Marcus, are you thinking of an Audi A2? If so they're a bit more than that....they seem to be coming into their own now, having been somewhat ahead of their time, and there's something of a following building up. Leah's son has had one since last June and it's a really interesting thing. An electric conversion on that would make a lot of sense - it's never gonna rust as there are very few steel parts in it...

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    Spot on Norm! Has he found the 'secret' underfloor compartments yet?

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    Re: Allow cars converted to electric propulsion to be reclassified as zero emissions

    My mate is building an electric Karmann Ghia. Still early stages of bodyshell restoration at the moment.

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