Imminent start of electrical retrofitting in France

In the beginning, the pioneers of electric conversion (also known as “electric retrofitting”) relied on collector car enthusiasts. But the demand is much bigger and more pressing among craftsmen and delivery people who want to keep the right to circulate in the 47 low mobility emission zones (ZFE-m) planned in France. From January 1, 2025, these huge perimeters, covering urban areas 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 pure 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. Assuming an approved set is available

Unfortunately, the expense is not insignificant. Hence the idea of ​​converting vehicles instead of 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 monitoring electronics, both of which are connected to a lithium-ion battery and a rectifier to control the load.

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It’s good for the wallet as well as the planet because manufacturing a new vehicle emits tons of greenhouse gases. “Our life cycle analysis concludes with a 40% CO2 saving compared to a new electric van and 80% compared to a diesel,” reveals Antoine Desferet, co-founder of Phoenix Mobility. Ademe talks about a saving of 61% for a van and 87% for a bus.

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