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EV classics should be separately registered

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 at 8:30:00 UTC


Al Suttie

Study says 70% want EV conversions registered differently

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Classic cars that are converted to EV power should be registered as a new class of vehicle by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) says a poll carried out by Footman James.

The poll shows 70% of classic car owners believe the DVLA’s system is not keeping pace with changes to EV-converted classics. It also highlights that these cars should display green markings on their number plate in the same way as new EV cars.

More than 1300 people responded to the poll and Footman James Managing Director David Bond said: ‘EV conversions are dividing the classic and collector industry and our clients. This is spilling out to classic owners who are also choosing to swap from petrol power to battery power.

‘Classic cars by their nature are increasingly restored, modified and upgraded but interestingly, from the majority of our responders, converting from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric requires more official recognition.

‘From the results of this poll, it looks like owners want there to be a change and move to recognise EV-converted classic cars by the DVLA on the V5, and look at the green marking on the registration plates to show that they are powered by electricity.’

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