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What is certain is that converting an old car to run on electric produces less carbon dioxide (CO2) than making a new electric car.

The UK’s government-funded Zemo Partnership (previously called the UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) says that a new all-electric car typically creates 18 tonnes of CO2 during its lifetime, 46% of which comes while it is being manufactured. This compares with 24 tonnes for a standard petrol vehicle.

Mr Quitter says it takes between three to six months to carry out a conversion, based on whether he has had the experience of converting that particular car and model before, and the complexity of a customer’s wants and specifications.

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