Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for heritage cars

Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for heritage cars

Power management is controlled via a dedicated screen fitted to the car's interior. Numerous cities around Europe are planning bans on cars with petrol and diesel engines around 2025 or 2030, meaning owners of classic cars like the DB6 won't be able to show their priceless classics off.

Conceived as an integral part of the company's wider EV strategy, the Heritage electrification concept has been led by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell.

The first vehicle to feature Aston's EV powertrain is a 1970 DB6 Mk2 Volante, originally handbuilt in the same Newport Pagnell facility where Aston Martin Works is based.

This is a pretty big step for the world of classic auto electric conversions, with customers now able to go to Aston Martin itself to ensure their car's history is preserved post-conversion.

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Created for a world where future legislation could restrict the use of classic cars, the concept has a "cassette" electric powertrain which uses some of the same technology as the upcoming Rapide E.

What the brand calls "umbilical cords" are then fed from the main power unit to drive the car's electrical systems. There's no word on output yet, although much like Jaguar's arrangement, the self-contained cell neatly replaces what would have formerly been oily bits, and even uses the original engine and gearbox mounts.

"We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come", Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement. When went on to say "Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage".

"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", Spires said. The program is expected to start in 2019 under the Heritage EV banner.

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