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    Electric Land Rovers and off-road vehicles

    Christmas 2020 NewsletterDear R-EV enthusiasts Dear R-EV enthusiasts Welcome to our Christmas newsletter!  For this issue we are down on the farm.  We have been driving the first of our electric Land Rover conversions designed specifically for farmers through the legendary Worthy Farm mud, and we bring you news of one of our partners:  Off-Road [...] More
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    So it's easy: just pull out the engine and the fuel tank, pop in an electric motor and some batteries, and hey presto - a retro EV!  Ah yes... but what about braking? From a sustainable engineering perspective, one of the satisfying aspects of an EV is regenerative braking ("regen").  An internal combustion engine (ICE) [...] More
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    Electrogenic wins Innovate UK award!

    Electrogenic wins Innovate UK award to develop 100% electric Land Rovers with Worthy Farm and Cardiff University Electrogenic is delighted to announce that we have won an Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund award, to develop low-cost technology to convert Land Rovers to all-electric.  We are partnering with Worthy Farm (host to the Glastonbury Festival) and [...] More
  • Electrogenic October 2020 Newsletter

    Dear R-EV enthusiasts You say you want environment and you want cars, so this month's newsletter is a bonus:  two lead articles, and both of them are about cars and the environment.  We are proud sponsors of The Village Refill, who are local and who entrusted us with the re-powering of their 10-year old Mega electric [...] More
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    Electrogenic September 2020 Newsletter

    Dear R-EV enthusiasts We finally escaped the workshop!  We all went to a real, live car show.  I know!!!  People and cars and good conversations and a semblance of normality!  So hats off to Brand Events for making The Classic Car Drive In Weekend happen, and roll on next year. Our other big excitement of the [...] More
  • Charging times

    Charging is one of Electrogenic’s specialisms, and we sell our charge systems to other conversion companies because the commercially available ones are not as good.  It’s a complex area though and one we are frequently asked about.  This article looks at what is going on in the battery when you charge it, and what that [...] More
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    Electrogenic August 2020 Newsletter

    Dear R-EV enthusiasts Like many of our readers, at Electrogenic we have spent August dodging storms and quarantines, and confirming once again that the place we like to be best is in the workshop!  We have also been listening to reader feedback, and lots of you want to hear more about some of the cars [...] More
  • Electrogenic July 2020 Newsletter

    Dear R-EV enthusiasts At Electrogenic we are always saying things like “we are in another golden age of motoring” and (being Oxford-based) “it’s like it must have been 100 years ago for William Morris”.  But what was it like before William Morris switched production from bicycles to cars in 1912?  It turns out it was [...] More
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    Choosing a motor

    Choosing a motor is the heart of a conversion, and it has far-reaching consequences, but the first thing to say is that you can’t choose a motor in isolation from the rest of the system design.  The amount of power delivered by the motor depends not only on the motor but also the battery and [...] More
  • Electrogenic June 2020 Newsletter

    Dear R-EV enthusiasts It's summer, lockdown is progressively lifting, the garage is picking up more pace and it's time to ask "what has Covid 19 done for us?".  It has given our R&D time to flower, as discussed in the May Newsletter and it has prompted us to invest more in our premises, but there must [...] More
  • Build Back Better

    The Government is looking for ideas of how to Build Back Better and as ever, Electrogenic has lots of ideas. At Electrogenic, our environmental mission is key to what we do, but we are also firmly rooted in our local community.  And our community is not only local green energy and similar initiatives, we are [...] More
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    Safety: electronic vehicle management

    One of the core values for Electrogenic is we build in safety from the ground up.  This is reflected in all our vehicle design.  At the core of an Electrogenic R-EV are the motor, battery and charger systems, and at the core of these is “safety first”. One aspect of R-EV conversions is that the [...] More
  • Electrogenic May 2020 Newsletter

    Dear R-EV enthusiasts We’re back!  We are happy to tell you that following the new government guidelines, the newly socially-distanced workshop has re-opened and things feel a little more normal.  So what have we been doing other than home-stay Easter holidays?  A little Spring-cleaning and a LOT of R&D… Prof Steve's workbench During the lockdown, Steve H has [...] More
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    Retro-Electric Video

    We were Spring-cleaning at Electrogenic and we found this video from way back... two years ago when we were in Ashford and we still had a few things to learn...  So enjoy this for it's vintage start quality.  And don't believe the stats! More
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    Electrogenic April 2020 Newsletter

    Dear Retro-EV enthusiasts Well…..we were just about to send out our first newsletter of 2020, when Covid19 struck, and suddenly it didn’t seem so appropriate any more.  But 3 weeks into lockdown, we think a little dose of normality wouldn’t hurt! So here are our dreams of life-before, and how we all hope life will return [...] More
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    The Daily Express likes “recycled” cars!

    It was kind of Luke Chillingsworth of the Daily Express to interview us at the London Classic Car Show: you can see his full article here. Luke was really taken by the minimal environmental footprint of an electric car conversion, and pretty happy about the price too.  And as he points out, converting your classic …

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    City A.M. Beetle Test Drive

    We made the front page of City AM! We really enjoyed the visit from TimPitt of City A.M.  We were a bit nervous, as Tim is a serious motoring journalist...and he loved Bertie!  He put the pedal to the floor as soon as we were out of Kidlington, we sailed bast Blenheim Palace, and never [...] More
  • Electrogenic electric VW Beetle drive with Nicki Shields

    Nicki Shields takes Bertie for a spin for The Sunday Times

    There were two stars on parade in Oxfordshire on Tuesday - Nicki Shields and our very own Bertie - as the final stages of storm Ciara chased us through the beautiful canal-side village of Thrupp, just a mile from Electrogenic's centre of operations in Kidlington. Nicki was the consummate professional, and so nice!  And Bertie [...] More
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    Electrogenic to exhibit at Olympia in February – see you there!

    Following Electrogenic’s successful outing at the NEC, we will be exhibiting at The London Classic Car Show from 20-23 February – so come and see us at the back of the Grand Hall, happily sandwiched between the Porsche Club GB, and Aston Marin Engineering. I’m tempted to tell you which cars we will be exhibiting, …

  • Taking Carbon out of transport

    In committing to a legally binding obligation to net zero emissions by 2050, the UK continues to be a world-leader on climate change.  What does this mean for emissions from the transport sector? Aviation emissions are hard to reduce and the Climate Change Committee is still forecasting air transport emissions in 2050 (see below).  But [...] More