Unlike his long-time colleague Jeremy Clarkson, veteran journalist and TV host James May is very open to the widespread adoption of electric cars and recently had the chance to test out an MGB Roadster that’s now sporting an all-electric powertrain.
The car in question comes from a British company by the name of RBW EV Cars. It retains the MGB Roadster’s timeless looks and combines them with a new powertrain that has replaced the internal combustion engine the car once left the factory with.
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Providing the RBW EV Roadster with its go are six ‘Hyperdrive’ lithium-ion batteries, but customers can opt to have up to eight batteries installed. The car also features a single electric motor that produces 70 kW (93.8 hp) and supports 3.0 kW DC charging, with a full charge taking eight hours. While that’s a long time compared to some of the current EVs on the market, we suspect most RBW EV Roadsters sold will only be driven for special occasions or during weekends.
The British company says the EV has a range of 160 miles (260 km), but this can increase to 200 miles (320 km) with the extra batteries.
Various upgrades have also been made to the interior of the car, such as a Pioneer Wi-Fi enabled infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.