Electrogenic creates ‘World First’ electrified classics
Pioneering classic car electrification company Electrogenic has finalised two ‘World First’ conversions of classic vehicles to electric power. The Oxford-based leader in classic car EV technology says it takes classic cars and “sympathetically” converts them to electric power using its proprietary EV engineering and technology. Today the company has announced two conversions; a 1976 Triumph Stag and a 1957 Morgan 4/4, which now run on silent, zero-emission electric power.
The Triumph Stag conversion has been confirmed by the Stag Owners Club to be the first Stag to undergo the conversion to electric power. Electrogenic removed the 1976 car’s 3.0-litre Triumph V8 and in its place has integrated a Hyper9 high-voltage brushless electric motor, which delivers 80kW of power and 235Nm of torque to the rear wheels through the original four-speed manual gearbox. It uses a 37kWh battery which takes the place of the original Triumph engine, fuel tank and spare wheel under the boot floor. The conversion uses a Type 2 charger and offers an approximate range of 150 miles.
Electrogenic believes the Morgan 4/4 conversion is the first professionally converted four-wheeled Morgan to be transformed to electric propulsion. The company removed the original four-cylinder combustion engine and like the Stag, replaced it with a Hyper9 high-voltage brushless motor, delivering 80kW of power and 235Nm of torque to the rear wheels through the Morgan’s manual gearbox. The team at Electrogenic has installed a 37kWh battery pack to the Morgan’s diminutive body, offering a driving range of up to 150 miles (241 km) on a single charge.
Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic, Steve Drummond, said converting older cars like these to electric power is about using modern technology to bring out the best characteristics in the cars. “For us this means increasing power within the capabilities of the original vehicle, optimising weight distribution and not using too many batteries to keep the handling crisp and precise. Our proprietary electronics integrate the batteries and motor into a seamless system, making the cars as safe as possible.
“Our systems also allow us to maintain the originality of the rest of the car, which is a really important factor for us. For example, it means that we can repurpose the original instruments to keep the interior as untouched as possible. Ultimately, what we’re always trying to do with our conversions is to make the cars we’ve been entrusted with into ‘better versions of themselves’,” added Drummond.
Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic, Ian Newstead, said the company loves the challenge of blending classic cars with modern technology. “[It] means they will be able to continue to be used guilt-free, even in our cities, for years to come. Working on first-time conversions such as the Stag and the Morgan 4/4 helps us to continue honing both our technology offering and our knowledge of the integration process in different body types, and means we maintain our position as a leader in classic car electrification,” said Newstead.
Electrogenic’s Triumph Stag and Morgan 4/4 conversions are customer vehicles, and as such have been prepared to the customer’s specifications.
Electrogenic says it offers a full suite of classic car electrification options for customers, and every car that is converted is unique, maintaining the beauty and engineering of the original but making the car as practical as possible for the owner’s intended purpose.