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« on: March 10, 2019, 10:36:29 AM »

Just came accross this on Instagram; looks like someone is having his HPE converted to electric. Any thoughts?


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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 12:09:38 PM »

Each to their own. I think it will loose a lot of it's essential Betaness but it's still a style statement and if your local government is banning petrol cars from the city then it might be worthwhile. What county plates are those?

It would make a superb feature car for the NEC!

I'm actually quite interested to know how they will do it.

EDIT - From their website
"Our conversions start from £12,000 for a basic DC motor conversion using reconditioned parts. We recommend budgeting £20,000 or more for an appropriate conversion and other sympathetic upgrades" and "Affordability is our prime focus."
That's not quite affordability as I'd understand it!
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 01:21:02 PM »

Each to their own. I think it will loose a lot of it's essential Betaness but it's still a style statement and if your local government is banning petrol cars from the city then it might be worthwhile. What county plates are those?

It would make a superb feature car for the NEC!

I'm actually quite interested to know how they will do it.

EDIT - From their website
"Our conversions start from £12,000 for a basic DC motor conversion using reconditioned parts. We recommend budgeting £20,000 or more for an appropriate conversion and other sympathetic upgrades" and "Affordability is our prime focus."
That's not quite affordability as I'd understand it!


They are Belgian export plates; as it happens, I know the car: it used to belong to a friend of mine who lives in Brussels.

Haven't checked their website yet, but... yes, that's a lot of money!

Personally, I wouldn't be tempted (yet - who knows what the future brings), but I find it interesting too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 08:10:20 PM »

It may be viable if they can keep the weight distribution the same so it still handles and if they can use the original subframe so that you could put a petrol engine back in. I have my doubts though surely better to buy a modern electric for normal use and keep the Beta for occasional use.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 12:06:58 AM »

If they live in an area which has or will have restrictive use of petrol engine cars (such as Central Paris?) then I can see the logic, as to the cost, not as much as buying a new car.....

It would of course make a rather unusual car to own and practical to boot.

I can see a few classic conversions being done over the next few years.

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 12:10:06 AM »

And just seen this post on the LMC forum. IF anyone wants to me to get in touch, please send me a message.

"I have decided to convert my 1985 Beta HPE 2.0. i.e. to electric, after discovering that the engine block will need a rebore, as one of the cylinder valves had gotten stuck over some time. There are a number of good spares including some new start engine and electronic controller parts etc., as well as the petrol tank and other pieces when these are removed. I would be interested in selling the parts as a lot. Send me a message if of interest, the car is in central London."

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 10:11:58 PM »

Sounds very interesting, I've emailed the company to ask if I can do a feature on the project.
Their initial reply via Instagram was very positive.

Will keep you posted.
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