Survey calls for EV conversions to be re-registered in new vehicle class

A new survey has found that 70 per cent of classic car enthusiasts want the Government to create a new vehicle class solely for EV conversions.

The poll, conducted by collector car insurance provider, Footman James, saw over 1,300 respondents have their saw on whether electric classic conversions should be recognised independently on a V5C as a new class of vehicle. Of the people surveyed, 942 people selected YES (69.52%) and 413 people selected NO (30.48%).

Managing Director of Footman James, David Bond said: “EV conversions are dividing the classic and collector industry and our [Footman James] clients. With modern EVs counting for 64,000 in registrations this year alone*, electric power is a small but growing sector. 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 our audience [at Footman James] 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.”