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New drop-in kits electrify the E-Type, 911, and Defender

by Nik Berg
16 November 2022 2 min read
New drop-in kits electrify the E-Type, 911, and Defender
Photos: Electrogenic

A range of new kits aims to “future-proof iconic models for the age of low-carbon motoring,” according to British electro-mod firm Electrogenic.

Converting combustion powered classics to run on electricity is just a case of removing the old oily bits and inserting drop-in components, and the kits will be sold globally in due course. Comprising battery packs, management systems, printed circuit boards, digital dashboards, charging tech, and electric motors, the kits require no body modifications, so are, in theory, reversible.

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Electrogenic’s kits are designed for the pre-2006 Land Rover Defender, the Jaguar E-Type, and the G-body and 964-era Porsche 911, and would take an experienced team around 10-15 work-days to install.

Defender converters have a choice of 62, 70 or 93kWh battery packs mated to a 120kW motor that drives through the Defender’s four-wheel drive system and even keeps its low range gear for off-roading. Driving range is between 120 and 150 miles according to battery size.

Electrogenic Jaguar E-Type

For the Jaguar E-Type, Electrogenic offers three batteries of 43kWh, 48kWh and 62kWh to allow distances of 200 miles or more to be covered on a full charge. Two motors of 120kW or 150kW can be fitted, the swiftest of which will dispatch 0-60 mph in less than five seconds.

The Porsche 911 packs a 62kWh battery for a claimed driving range of over 200 miles, whether fitted with a 160kW motor or a fearsome 240kW unit which can reach 60mph in 3.8 seconds. Information on pricing and international partners will follow soon.

Having visited Electrogenic’s workshop and design centre, and driven a Porsche 356 and a classic Mini converted by the company, we were impressed with the firm’s engineering and attention to detail. However, no matter how high the standard of the components in the kits success will ultimately be down to whoever installs them. The company says its is currently selling to workshops and restorers directly.

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