1967 Morris eMinor 100% Electric Conversion
This 1967 none factory convertible has recently undergone a power plant swap. The original A Series petrol engine and fuel system has been replaced by a Nissan Leaf motor and batteries.
We have kept the originality of the car by not cutting it in anyway and the electric conversion is a bolt in/out system. This new motor is connected to the original 4 speed gearbox (less clutch but this could be added if desired) using a custom billet aluminium adapter and coupler.
The engine bay also contains a DC/DC converter that reduces the High Voltage packs circa 300 volts down to 14 to allow the 12v battery (now located in the boot) to be charged. It also contains a 3kw charger (this can be upgraded to 6) which will charge the 22.5 KWh pack (split in 2 with 6 modules under the bonnet & 12 modules in the boot) of Nissan Leaf battery modules (from a 30kwh leaf).
The new electric drivetrain is good for 80 to 100 miles per charge.
The brakes are original drum brakes which we have found to be adequate as the motors regenerative braking (which puts power back into the batteries) does a proportion of the braking. These drums are backed by a remote servo which now has an electric vacuum pump powering it.
The reused Nissan Leaf radiator keeps the leaf motor and inverter cool as required with the coolant being circulated by a 12v electric water pump.
Inside the car is very much as it was originally with the addition of an upgraded interior, battery meter gauge and a toggle switch to select forward neutral and reverse.
The boot of the car has had the spare wheel removed to make room for the rear High Voltage battery box and 12v auxiliary battery necessitating the height of the boot floor being raised 2 inches. A tyre repair and inflation kit will be added in case of emergency.
With the drive line from the gearbox back being the original standard system the car retains the same driving characteristics and with the overall weight only increasing by 75kg it handles similarly to a none converted car.
Unlike an unconverted vehicle the driving experience is silky smooth and Very quiet. So quiet indeed that you get to hear the occasional creak and rattle from this 53 year old car.
With this conversion we have purposefully not upgraded any area of the car other than install the electric drivetrain. This was to see how the standard car handled the upgrade. Pleasingly its a fantastic addition to the car making it a truly reliable, smooth and quiet drive.
The vehicle is for sale as it is or it can be upgraded to your requirements. We can also convert any Morris Minor or Classic car to your requirements.
The cost of a conversion like this is around £25000 including all labour and parts.
Contact us to find out more or arrange a test drive.
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