Green rebirth for older cars in France

Arnaud Pigounides lobbied the government over conversions

It will soon be possible for the owners of older petrol or diesel cars to have the engines taken out and replaced with electric motors and batteries.

Such conversions are allowed in many other EU countries, including all those which border France, as well as the UK, Canada and the US.

Officials at the Centre National de Réception des Véhicules (Cnrv) are working with garages and vehicle manufacturers to sort out the details, and hope to have a decree authorising the practice published this month.

Most of the cars that have been converted so far have been expensive models such as original Minis or old Porsches but the aim of the French rule is to “democratise” the practice so “ordinary” cars can be converted.

A Cnrv spokesman said “We have not yet decided at what age cars will become eligible for retro-fitting.

“Obviously, new vehicles or those covered by a manufacturer’s guarantee will not be covered, but we are moving towards the possibility of conversion quite a long way before the cars are 10 years old.”

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