Electric car: imminent take-off for retrofitting
In the beginning, the pioneers of electric conversion (otherwise known as “electric retrofitting”) relied on collector car enthusiasts. But the demand is much greater and more pressing on the part of craftsmen and delivery people, who would like to retain the right to circulate in the 47 low mobility emission zones (ZFE-m) planned in France. From January 1, 2025, these vast perimeters covering agglomerations of at least 150,000 inhabitants will no longer tolerate diesel-powered vehicles. A strong incentive to switch to electric traction, which is reinforced by the clean motorization quota imposed by the mobility orientation law (December 2019) on companies that have more than 100 vehicles.
Any vehicle over 5 years old can be converted to electric. Provided that an approved kit exists
Unfortunately, the expense is not insignificant. Hence the idea of converting vehicles rather than replacing them with new ones. How ? By removing their original diesel engine (as well as its fuel tank and its exhaust), to replace it with an electric machine and its supervision electronics, both of which are associated with a lithium-ion battery and a current rectifier to manage the load.
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This is good for the wallet as well as for the planet, because the manufacture of a new vehicle emits tons of greenhouse gases. “Our life cycle analysis concludes with a 40% CO2 savings compared to a new electric van and 80% compared to a diesel,” reveals Antoine Desferet, co-founder of Phoenix Mobility. Ademe speaks of a saving of 61% for a van and 87% for a bus.
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