In today’s episode we see a very happy Jack behind the wheel of a freshly electrified classic Mini, and his beaming face tells you just how much fun he’s having!

Bristol based company Fellten, design and manufacture EV retro-fitting technology for all manner of classic cars, and with their base not far from the Fully Charged offices, Jack drops by to find out more, and ask the question “Will converting a classic car ever really be a viable option?” We hope so!!

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22 thoughts on “How CHEAPLY Can You EV Convert Your Old Car?”

  1. I love the idea and have been following them on/off for years.
    In reality, if there were incentives out there the main manufacturers will be the ones pioneering this IMHO. They have the designs already, they just need a team to make the brackets for a universal battery pack. Manufacturers already repurpose their chassis and designs over the generations and not afraid to reuse the designs to make new ones.

  2. I have a classic Fiat 126p from 1987. While I hate the idea of having an electric daily driver I would be more then happy to have a retrofitted classic car.

  3. I do think the price will come down on these kinds of kit but it will only ever be an enthusiast market. Much like how enthusiasts today keep E30 M3s or S13 200SXs running. It's not an economic decision. These kits will become cheaper so less wealthy enthusiasts will be able to get on board, but as THEY drop in price so will new EVs plus the less premium EV market will expand and the used market will be more viable.
    In my opinion it will never be what Jack described, an old car you're quite fond of that is cheaper to convert than replace.

  4. I can see the benefits of this conversion with small/medium pre 1990 cars 100%..but anything over that realistically becomes heavy and much more dependent on electronic components ie modules/ecu's and all the sensors that would need to be sorted so not light up the dashboard like fruit machine!I'm not saying it can't work but to make everything work as normal like 'oem' would never be cheap and would take many many hours perhaps months as ever car is different.
    I personally wouldn't want to be in a car with HV with no modern crash was bad enough being a passenger in a classic mini and watching my friend being cut out!
    In summary I'm think its brilliant idea but possibly only for a weekend play thing..

  5. As we get more and more electric cars on the road the availability of getting used parts from wrecked cars will make this sort of conversions very much cheaper and even affordable. 70KW battery pac from a wrecked Tesla $10,000 . then drive units for another for $25oo some wire harnessing and converters, inverters for a few grand more, and you can have your old car running better than new. Very much worth it when a new Model y is $60,000.

  6. Retrofitting an ICE car would be very environmentally friendly and potentially a way to get EVs to the masses. I imagine the elderly couple which needs a car for errands, 100km range is plenty.
    However At this price conversion kits are dead in the water and cater only to a very small niche of wealthy enthusiast.
    At 10K€ installed it would be a game changer.

  7. A "sustainable future" requires waking from the brainwashing and realizing that carbon dioxide is plant food and that anthropomorphic climate-change is a guilt trip being put on you by someone who wants you asleep or dead and certainly in a Hunger Games society.

  8. Aren’t Porsche developing E-Fuel though? So hopefully we won’t have to go to all this extra cost to keep our old cars on the road.

  9. The bi-directional charging at the end seemed like a joke but to be honest this is a game changer. If the old converted car can become your home battery (charge and discharge), then maybe the investment becomes more sensible. I’d love an old school Mini or a Fiat 500 at my house that’s 99.9% of the time plugged in and being a home battery.

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