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Classic designs for the modern world

It's not just in Doha where the passion for the car is thriving. In the Netherlands, Martijn Van Dijk and his company, Voiture Extravert, are helping classic cars go green.

With many classic cars struggling to meet emission standards, for Martijn, there's a mission with this business.

"Getting colour back on the streets again. We really love classic cars and we are really disappointed that we don't see them around anymore," he told The Exchange.

Martijn and his team showed The Exchange a 1960s Porsche 911 that they had converted entirely into an electric vehicle.

Voiture Extravert launched in 2016. They receive engineless 911 bodies from Germany and create their own high-spec electric motor system, which they install. 

They have a 400-kilometre range, and every car gets top-of-the-range digital mod-cons. But they're not cheap. The minimum price per car is €350,000.

"Just restoring a classic car and on the level that we restore it is something that easily takes you €200,000, normally," Martijn explained. 

"Of course, we do things very smart. We do it in a small series production that makes it more cost-efficient, but that's a really large chunk of the cost price that we have."

Voiture Extravert has sold ten cars so far and is aiming to sell 12 this year, shipping them out to buyers all over the world.

The climate emergency has changed the car business forever. The race to diversify from petrol to electric power is picking up speed. Technology is redesigning what it means to drive. But despite this unprecedented disruption, the road map for the auto sector still shows strong signs of growth.

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