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Mid Wales businesses pioneering electric car innovation

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Two Mid Wales businesses at the forefront of innovation in electric vehicles – whether classic cars or new designs - have been visited by the Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales.

On Monday 2nd March Ken Skates visited Electric Classic Cars in Newtown and Riversimple in Llandrindod Wells, discussing the future of electric vehicles and how the businesses can be best supported to expand.

Electric Classic Cars offers conversion of classic cars to 100% electric. It has worked on vehicles including the Range Rover Classic, Ferrari 308 and BMW CSi.

The Riversimple Rasa is a hydrogen fuelled car, emitting nothing but pure water and eliminating the need for batteries. The business plans to move from car sales to a subscription service.

Together they are moving away from fossil fuel based cars, but in very different ways. Both companies have plans for expansion and are working to meet the future demands of road transport. The UK Government recently said it would bring forward a ban on petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035.

The Welsh Government has stated its intention to support the shift to low carbon transport. Its most recent budget contained £29m to transition to low emission vehicles, as part of wider investment in green transport. This year will also see the publication of an electric vehicle charging strategy for Wales which will outline in greater detail the Welsh Government’s role in promoting electric cars. Additionally, a hydrogen strategy for Wales will be an integrated component of Wales's next low-carbon delivery plan for 2021-25.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, said:

“Low carbon transport is essential in tackling the climate emergency, and we are providing more and more support to help the shift to greener methods of travel.

“This was a fascinating visit to two companies who are thinking innovatively about the future of cars. There is significant expertise in both Electric Classic Cars and Riversimple, so this was a great opportunity to hear about their future plans and discuss how we can help them grow.”

Richard Morgan, Founder of Electric Classic Cars, commented:

“Electric Classic Cars are the world’s largest converter of classic cars to electric and are proud to be based in Mid-Wales, an area steeped in the rally motorsport heritage. We’re passionate about futureproofing classic cars for the 21st century and maintaining our market leading position in this rapidly evolving market.”

Hugo Spowers, MD of Riversimple Movement, said:

“Our ambition is to develop a world-class hydrogen cluster and manufacturing jobs distributed across Wales, so we are delighted by the government’s commitment to a Welsh hydrogen strategy.”

Notes to editors

Electric Classic Cars offers conversion of classic cars to 100% electric. Vehicles can be owned by the customer or the business can source the classic car for the customer. They have converted a range of cars from the Fiat 500 to the Range Rover Classic, Ferrari 308 and BMW CSi. They plan to deliver more products that include electric classic bikes, electric classic chargers and components in kit form. More information can be found here -

Riversimple is developing the next generation of electric cars. The ‘Rasa’ is an electric car powered by hydrogen, removing the need for batteries by using the hydrogen to make electricity on demand on board. It emits nothing but pure water vapour and has a range of 300 miles. Riversimple are moving away from car sales, instead offering vehicles as part of a subscription service with a single fee covering the car, maintenance, insurance and fuel. A volume production facility is planned to be operational in 2022 in mid-Wales. More information can be found here -

Details of the Welsh Government’s investment in low emission vehicles can be found here -