What started as idle speculation about a dream EV is hopefully going to become reality.
Although I don’t have a spare 2CV handy, my son is passionate about restoring classic air-cooled VWs. He has completed two Beetle restorations and was most of the way through restoring a 1964 RHD VW Karmann Ghia when he got a job in Sweden with Volvo cars.
He has now given me permission to complete the restoration with an electric powertrain!
The car was in dreadful condition when he bought it and was completely dismantled. The floor pan has been repaired where previously the road could be seen. The front axle has been shortened to enable the car to be lowered. The braking system was completely replaced and the bodywork patiently restored to show room condition.
The good news is that he had not got around to restoring the engine, so it makes an ideal candidate for converting to electric power.
I am very much looking forward to attending the Fully Charged Live show at Silverstone next weekend as a guest of Pure Planet. It promises to be a fascinating event and suppliers of EV components suitable for classic car restorations will be attending.
I hope to have the car on the road early next year and will update this post with my progress.