The company Retrofuture proposes to transform the Peugeot 504 into an electric car, thanks to the retrofit. And the result is quite nice!
The retrofit, you know? Behind this somewhat barbaric name hides in fact a very simple technique on paper, which consists in transforming a thermal car into a electric vehicle, by replacing the combustion engine, as well as the mechanical elements linked to it. If this practice was previously unapproved, the government has decided to better supervise it, thus making it possible to support the transition to all-electric, desired by the public authorities for the years to come. Henceforth, many French companies have therefore specialized in retrofitting, in order to offer customers old and modern vehicles revised in an electric style. Because whether you own a first generation Mazda MX-5, a Porsche 911 or even a Renault Clio, know that all cars are compatible with this relatively new practice. Even manufacturers are getting started, like Jaguar who unveiled the Type-E Zero, a zero-emission version of its legendary model.
Today, another old car is in the spotlight, and not just any, since it is the superb Peugeot 504, which is now electrified thanks to the company Retrofuture. Founded only two years ago by Arnaud Pigounides and based in Paris, the company specializes in the transformation of classic vehicles. Customers then have the possibility of entrusting their car to the teams, but can also let the specialists themselves find the donor vehicle and then graft it with a new electric motor. A turnkey solution, while a large catalog is already available, including many legendary models such as the Mercedes SL, the Fiat 500 or even the BMW 2002. More recently, it is therefore the Peugeot 504 which has joined the catalog, while it is now possible to pre-order its copy, the first deliveries of which are scheduled for next year.
A new experience
The company therefore offers interested customers to transform their beautiful sochalienne, for 20,000 € if the car is provided by the latter. If the latter wishes to let the Retrofuture teams find the ideal car, it will then be necessary to add € 12,000 to the invoice, while it is also possible to choose other options, such as a touch screen or even a battery. larger, allowing to gain around forty kilometers of autonomy. Speaking of technique, know that this electrified version is equipped with a 30 kWh battery in its basic version, allowing you to travel 165 kilometers in a single charge. For its part, the engine develops 82 horsepower, while the car can then reach a maximum speed of 150 km / h. Note that the brakes and suspensions have been revised and improved, while the car is supplied as standard with an on-board charger and a type 2 charging cable.
If the price of the conversion may seem high, Retrofuture also wishes to point out that the retrofit is eligible for State aid, up to a maximum of € 6,000. This will undoubtedly help some to take the plunge, while it is obviously possible to opt for less expensive vehicles, such as an Austin Mini or a Fiat 500.
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