Are You Ready to Convert Your Classic Rolls-Royce to an EV?

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  • UK-based specialist Evice plans EV conversion program for Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Corniche, and Bentley T-Series cars.

  • The company intends to offer a 400-hp electric drivetrain with power from a 77-kWh battery.

  • Evice plans to offer an active suspension as standard in the reworked Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, along with other modern features.

Plug-and-play EV conversion kits promise to turn classic cars into zero-emission daily drivers, but they usually come with a compromise or three, from awkward battery placement to lukewarm performance and limited range, delivering an EV experience that is often a decade behind the standard of production cars.


A new conversion program planned by UK-based Evice for three British luxury classics will aim to reimagine the models to a thoroughly modern standard, complete with an 800-volt architecture and a sizable battery pack.

The three models set to kick off the Evice range are the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Corniche and Bentley T-Series, all three of which share a common platform, having debuted in production form in 1965.

Evice's conversion program will fit the trio with a 400-hp drivetrain fueled by a 77-kWh battery, while adding modern tech such as a reworked braking system, an active suspension, heated and ventilated power seats, along with modern air conditioning, infotainment screens with Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a modern audio system.

Thanks to plans for a large-enough battery, the company estimates each EV will be able to exceed 200 miles on a full charge.

"The original Roll-Royce and Bentley models were the epitome of style, elegance, and refinement, and we want to future-proof these icons for years to come," says Matthew Pearson, Evice Co-Founder and CEO.

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The conversion program for the three models is set to launch in 2026, but just how many current owners would fund such an undertaking?Evice

"By integrating smooth, silent 800V electric power, we are elevating these classics to new heights, surpassing the capabilities of their previous combustion engines."

Those previous combustion engines were far from the paragons of efficiency, especially when paired with GM automatic transmissions.

If the standard equipment list sounds like a major engineering project, we have to agree. Evice spent two years developing the conversion package, with the R001 prototype set for testing later this fall.

"We believe our cars will inspire the next generation of car enthusiasts, breathing new life into the classics sector and setting a new standard for the electric, emission-free future of motoring," Pearson added.

These might have been valuable cars at the time, but quite a few are not in concours condition and can be picked up on a modest budget.

Just how much each will cost in modestly optioned form, as well as how much each will weigh, remains to be revealed by Evice. Might we see pricing in line with a gently used but still modern Rolls-Royce?

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It's clear that the world imagined in the 1996 film Gattaca, where midcentury classic cars will zoom around the city almost silently, is fast approaching.

Sure, we'd like to see some 1970s Rolls-Royce models go electric, but affordable conversions kits for far more accessible classic cars would be welcome on the aftermarket as well.

Will conversions for luxury classics such as these become more popular in coming years, or will their price keep owners away from such projects? Let us know what you think in the comments below.