What we’re interested in here, however, is the new, ultra-fast E.ON Drive charging station for electric vehicles. As one of the biggest energy companies in Europe, E.ON is taking a leading role in the transition towards the new age of mobility. Geiselwind boasts the first of these stations, but many others are set to follow.
Here we have arranged to meet Michael M. Richardson, who needs to charge the battery of his car: a 1956 MG MGA converted to electric drive by his own company Retro-EV from Finland. Originally from the US, Richardson has just come from a classic car show in Birmingham. As he polishes his vehicle here and there, he tells us more about it:
At first glance, the car appears no different to an MG with an internal combustion engine. At second glance too. The challenge for the engineers, Richardson explains, was to consider how the MGA might have looked if the complete drive technology of today had been available back when it was built in Birmingham in 1959. It was with this in mind that every detail was carefully considered and designed, including Richardson’s favourite feature, the James Bond front grill, which Richardson now opens up with the help of an elegant hinge mechanism. Beneath it lies a CHAdeMO charging port, via which the MGA can take in enough power in 20 minutes to travel 150km. Alongside this system, the MG also has another charging option – a T2-AC 230 Volt under the flap at the rear, where the fuel tank filler neck used to be in the original version.