NEXT time you go to the supermarket or the mall, watch for all the cars parked around you.
I bet at least 99% of it is petrol or diesel.
The wise government wants us all to switch to electric cars by 2030.
But what about all the cars in the parking lot? What happened to them?
Here’s a fact for you: There are two billion vehicles on the planet. Two billion.
Under the myopic view of politicians, at some point all those cars and trucks will have to be scrapped. They will end up in the landfill.
But there’s another way and there’s an unlikely character behind it.
David Beckham owns 10% of Lunaz, a company noted for converting beautiful classics into electric cars.
Very David Beckham.
But in reality, much of its job is to convert garbage trucks from dirty diesel trucks to zero-emissions trucks.
You might not expect that from Becks.
Upgrading existing garbage trucks instead of replacing them with new ones is mutually beneficial as it is cheaper and better for the planet.
Councils will save millions of pounds in taxpayers’ cash while cutting carbon emissions far beyond cleaning up local air.
Registered Buckinghamshire Council.
Let’s do the math: A brand new electric garbage truck costs around £500,000, while converting an existing diesel lorry to electric is 40% cheaper for £300,000 . Like a new diesel engine.
Lunaz is scaling up its plant to remanufacture 1,100 trucks a year, saving 44,000 tonnes of embedded carbon from being discarded rather than replaced with new.
Weight equivalent to four Eiffel towers.
The process is actually very similar to airplanes and trains.
Just because the 747 you jumped on looked brand new, it was probably built 20 years ago.
It has just been updated to keep it safe, shiny and prolong its life.
SAFETY AND LUXURY
Lunaz spokesman James Warren said: “Reinventing waste trucks helps councils achieve their major Net Zero goals much more cost-effectively.
“Every car gets an overhaul so it’s ‘factory new’ and we can put in all sorts of upgrades.
“We have a screen that works with gloves on. We have the same person trimming our Bentleys to make the middle seat really comfortable.
“We have replaced the wing mirrors with cameras and sensors to increase the safety of workers and cyclists on the move.”
Plus, every truck can be tailored to a specific route – so it doesn’t have to carry more battery than it needs to.
This next tickles me.
Those with £650,000 to spend on a Lunaz Phantom are probably not aware of this. But tank trucks use the same battery technology as cars.
The modular electric powertrain – developed by a dream team of engineers from F1 – can be adapted to fit any passenger, commercial or industrial vehicle of any size. what size.
“F1 engineers are world experts in packaging and weight distribution,” said Warren.
Nestled near the home of British motorsport at Silverstone, Lunaz has grown from 25 staff to 100 in a year and will top 300 by the end of 2022.
Other plants are planned for the US and Europe.
Lunaz was founded in 2018 by David Lorenz and former F1 guru Jon Hilton.
The company is named after Lorenz’s daughter, Luna.
Hilton was the technical director of Renault as Fernando Alonso won consecutive F1 world titles.
Beckham said: “I was drawn to the company through the fact that they restore some of the most beautiful vintage cars through upgrades and electrification.
“David Lorenz and his team are building something very special and I look forward to being a part of their growth.”
We like Lunaz. We like Beckham. We love redesigning old things.
We all know the world is changing.
We all know that we need to be more sustainable – and the easiest thing we can do is to stop eliminating things.
But the best thing about it? Sleep.
Will no longer be woken by binmen at 6am.
Cheaper and better for the planet
ELVIS had one. Mrs. Queen has one. John Lennon has two. One with a three-piece psychedelic paint job – you know – the other is pure white.
This 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V has been beautifully remodeled by Lunaz.
To the untrained eye, it looks like an old roller. Nothing bad. It’s a great shape.
But underneath, it’s better than new.
Completely restored in bare metal. Upgrade brake system, steering system and suspension system.
And of course, it’s battery powered so it will run as long as there’s electricity.
The silence was entirely befitting of British elegance. The 90kWh battery has a range of 230 miles.
Climb inside and it looks and feels and smells authentic.
The owner of this particular car requested a matte wood finish – instead of the over-vexed original. It looks great.
There’s also a tequila bar, a neat folding chair (making it eight seats), privacy glass separating the front and rear, and a separate sound system, so James can hear see satnav while you listen to The Beatles or whatever.
Random Fact: John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields in the back of his Phantom.
Everything you see and touch is in the spirit of the original.
The only gift is a small digital display in the driver’s trunk that shows how much juice is left.
Now we come to the price. It’s not cheap at £650,000 but it’s exactly what luxury hotels and casinos would use to shuttle VVIP guests.
Currently, Lunaz is having 50 conversions, from a classic Range Rover for £290,000 to a £1 million Aston Martin DB6.
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