When you just like the thought and environmental advantages of an electrical car, however desire basic British styling, then the RBW EV Roadster may very well be for you. James Devonshire caught up with RBW CEO Peter Swain to search out out a little bit extra concerning the battery-powered MGB look-alike…
After three years in growth, Staffordshire-based RBW EV Traditional Automobiles has began producing its RBW EV Roadster, an electrical car in a basic British automotive physique. Simply assume, no noise, no rust, no frequent fettling and no have to verify your pockets on your roadside help membership card earlier than you allow the home.
To maintain every little thing feeling and looking proper, the Lichfield producer has partnered with British Motor Heritage and makes use of unique tooling to provide model new physique shells, that are manufactured to the unique specs.
Powering the RBW EV Roadster is a novel platform developed by Continental Engineering Services, which options batteries below the bonnet and an electrical motor on the rear axle. This setup gives an interesting, genuine expertise to anybody that drives the roadster.
With a high velocity of 80mph, a 0-60 time of 8.9 seconds and as much as 160 miles on a full cost, the RBW EV Roadster is greater than enough for many basic automotive followers. Plus, its silent operating and nil emissions imply you possibly can drive it wherever you need guilt-free.
Phrase is that the RBW EV Roadster will set you again £90,000 (plus tax) and may be secured with a £5,000 deposit.
To seek out out a little bit extra concerning the EV in basic clothes, The Producer’s James Devonshire sat down with RBW CEO Peter Swain.
JD: “What impressed the RBW EV Roadster?”
Peter Swain: “I used to be out in my 1966 MG Roadster with my spouse within the Cotswolds. As ever the automotive was getting a variety of consideration from international vacationers. We mentioned an upgraded modernised model Jane might drive, which over dinner changed into the thought of an electrical form of ‘plug and play’ basic automotive. This planted a seed in my thoughts and I used to be quickly within the workshop attempting to work out learn how to make it occur.
“My background is in digital safety so I fused that with my information of basic automobiles to type the muse of what would turn into the RBW Roadster.
“I designed an preliminary ‘modular’ system that may very well be utilized to many heritage physique shells and present basic automobiles to create an electrical automotive that was 100 per cent protected and as dependable as a contemporary automotive. I then set about securing the proper companions to carry the idea to life, firms reminiscent of Continental Engineering Companies, Hyperdrive Batteries, in addition to many specialist automotive smaller companies of which the Midlands has many. After 4 years the system was examined, accepted and led to our automobiles having newest security requirements supporting new registrations and been on the street accumulating a whole lot of check miles – we have been then assured to launch.”
“What advantages does it carry over a typical ‘basic automotive’?”
“The plain one is the environmental advantages. We will retain the fantastic thing about a basic but be sustainable, value efficient, dependable – all some great benefits of a contemporary automotive.
“The RBW system has been examined and has achieved European Regulation No 100 of the Financial Fee, which confirms RBW as a recognised automotive worldwide producer. So basically the RBW Roadster is a model new automotive with all the weather you’d anticipate finding however housed in a heritage physique shell with type accents that complement the basic period.
“It has bespoke-built entrance and rear suspension, all impartial utilising coil-over damper expertise across the car, and OEM developed brakes discs and callipers, with Regen braking additionally included. It additionally has the most recent era of hub design and wheel bearing expertise put in.
“This makes it dependable and price efficient to run. Not like transformed electrical basic automobiles which take the prevailing burdened steel and used components, the RBW Roadster has all model new components and elements, so the security side is second to none.”
“What challenges have you ever encountered alongside the way in which? And the way did you overcome them?”
“The training curve from idea to manufacturing has taken over 4 years and has been big with EV methods evolving so shortly. EV expertise is transferring at a quick tempo, capturing expertise, but safely making use of and testing is the only largest problem.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate to work with such wonderful companions who’ve come on this journey with us and been there each step of the way in which.
“Moreover, Covid has been a large problem, not just for manufacturing however we have been nearly to launch when lockdown hit. In order that delayed all of the check drives we had booked. But it surely additionally meant we generally struggled with components and provides, after which the IVA paperwork as a consequence of backlogs. It’s nonetheless inflicting us points now by way of on the brink of ship the primary automobiles to our clients.”
“What’s subsequent for RBW?”
“Our system is all the time below continuous enchancment. In addition to hand crafting our present orders, we’re presently engaged on growing our first electrical race automotive. We’re additionally working with varied firms who need to undertake our patented system into their automobiles. Add to this a brand new facility within the UK and one in North America deliberate 2022, RBW is on monitor.
“The RBW ‘modular’ system and structure may be put in into different physique shells reminiscent of Austin Healey, Jaguar E-Kind, Mini, and plenty of extra. Every automotive may be constructed to the shoppers’ private specification and necessities. The alternatives are limitless and due to this fact safeguards the way forward for basic motoring.”
*All pictures courtesy of RBW Electrical Traditional Automobiles