Imminent take-off for electrical modernization in France

Early on, the pioneers of electric conversion (also known as “electric retrofitting”) relied on collector car enthusiasts. But the demand is much greater and more pressing on the part of artisans and couriers, who would like to maintain the right to move in France’s 47 planned low mobility zones (ZFE-m). As of January 1, 2025, these vast perimeters encompassing agglomerations of at least 150,000 residents will no longer tolerate diesel-powered vehicles. A strong incentive to switch to electric traction, which is reinforced by the clean motorization quota imposed by the Mobility Guidance Law (December 2019) on companies with more than 100 vehicles.

Any vehicle over 5 years old can be converted to electric. As long as there is an approved kit

Unfortunately, the expense is not insignificant. Hence the idea of ​​converting vehicles instead of replacing them with new ones. As ? When removing your original diesel engine (as well as its fuel tank and its exhaust), to replace it with an electric machine and its supervisory electronics, both associated with a lithium-ion battery and a current rectifier to manage the load.

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

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