A car enthusiast who converts vintage vehicles into high-performance electric cars is now counting celebrity stars amongst his clientele.
Car buff, Richard Morgan, 47, left his job as an engineer four years ago to set up Electric Classic Cars in Powys, Wales.
The father of two takes old vehicles and converts them into clean, turbocharged electric cars with better handling, and packing a punch load more power.
After setting up his workshop, Electric Classic Cars became the first classic car converters to take vintage engines and turn them electric in the whole of the United Kingdom.
But the buzz in Richard Morgan’s workshop has even reached the star-studded celebrity sphere after Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel and singer Ellie Goulding commissioned him to spruce up their rides.
He said that four years ago he was messing around with cars in his garage in his house and now he’s messing around with them in a workshop for Hollywood stars.
He said he looked at a classic VW Beetle and decided he wanted to make it go faster, but it was through his research that he came across electric motors as a way to supercharge cars and that during the process he was putting his project online and people began contacting him to ask if he could change their cars to electric.
He said that since then they’ve done Ellie Goulding’s wedding car and they’re currently working on a vehicle for Dev Patel.
Since setting up his business, Richard has given many old motors a new lease of electric life by substituting the petrol-fuelled engines that rely on a clutch and gearbox to fire the pistons at the desired speed.
But while most fuel cars only have an RPM (Revs Per Minute) ranging between 2000-7000, an electric motor can go between 0-10,000 RPM, allowing the vehicle to hit 0-60mph in less than three seconds when coupled with a robust electric drive system.
Richard said that he’s done loads of car conversions in his life but he wanted to do something that he’d never done before, and he said that he believed that more people were considering a conversion rather than getting a new electric vehicle if they wanted something with character, which was both powerful and effective.
Every vehicle is different and a high voltage conversion with Richard will set you back anywhere between £20,000 and £100,000 depending on your specifications, but the former engineer insists no one should be attempting this at home.
Richard has made a vintage car into something better. However, the conversions are insanely expensive, but the guy is one bright spark, but don’t forget the CO2 produced by the power stations that charge these batteries, and also the heavy toxic metals that the same batteries are made from – hardly eco-friendly if you ask me, but of course, you’re not asking me, so just investigate for yourself.
I guess people will have to consider an electric vehicle when all the petrol stations have closed down, either that or get on your bike. The problem is, at the moment you could do a 350 mile trip in an electric Audi, but you would have to stop twice for a 90-minute recharge, if you were fortunate enough to be the first in the queue, otherwise it could be anything up to a three-hour recharge.
Perhaps electric is the way forward, but if you electrified a V12 Lamborghini, wouldn’t that be like asking a violinist to play a Stradivarius with no strings?