I met this VERY interesting company at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week - Electric Classic Car Co - and had a look around their simply outstanding work. Many of you may have seen the Electric VW Beetle test that Robert Llewellyn of Fully Charged YouTube fame did last year and I was impressed by what he thought of it. Well these guys had an Electric Beetle, Electric 911 and a to-be-converted original Fiat 500 on the stand and the quality of their work is truly amazing. They typically use Tesla batteries and as we know, these pack one heck of a punch. The converted cars are all able to go probably twice as far as you'd expect and the Fiat 500 is expected crack 10secs to 60mph - the Beetle 6secs.....
I asked about the possibility of building a replacement Twizy battery that would give us double the distance and they said that is sounds entire reasonable and do-able, at a price. Seems I wasn't the first to ask about the Twizy that day either. The chap said he would need to learn some more about the BMS, but was pretty confident that something could be done.
The first car would be the costly one of course, but if enough of us were up for the idea and the prospect of being able to cancel the battery lease and hand the thing back to RCI was compelling enough, then we might have a decent way forward perhaps. Considering we're already spending £540/year typically, I'd be willing to consider spending a few £1000's to get out of bed with RCI and have a Twizy that could perhaps do 100-130 miles on a charge, with no ongoing costs.
Clearly early days, but a mouth-watering prospect all the same I'd say.