Converting Petrol / Diesel G wagons to an electric / hybrid or hydrogen?

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G-Barry
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With all the talk about CO2 emitting engines, hopefully there will be companies offering conversions from diesel / petrol to a greener alternative such a hybrid / electric or hydrogen. I think there is already a company in Ireland doing this, but willing participants are thin on the ground so far. I know my road tax is now £600 for 295 G/km. In today’s Times Newspaper, there is a front page article about the U.K. Government going to start socking it to diesel and petrol users. Any thoughts? Barry

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Re: Converting Petrol / Diesel G wagons to an electric / ...

Converting sounds incredibly hard to me.  You might be better off to start with a donor electric vehicle and bolt on the G cabin and wheels.

To convert a G, I am thinking the weight of the batteries needed should be distributed away from the engine bay.  Maybe along the transmission tunnel and where the fuel tank goes.  Then where would the 4 wheel motors fit?  Perhaps a lift required.  Someone other than Arnie must have done it.

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Re: Converting Petrol / Diesel G wagons to an electric / ...

I asked about this for my w124 and was quoted £25-30k

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Re: Converting Petrol / Diesel G wagons to an electric / ...

I think the price will come down.  But for some reason, Green Technology is not cheap.  I think whenever the word Green comes up, they just add noughts to the price. 

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/used-cars/how-put-electric-car-your-d...

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