Aston Martin Works has come up with a tempting solution for its heritage models to future-proof them against any possible restriction on the use of petrol-powered cars, in city centres, for example: an electric conversion.
The world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion is on offer from 2019. Aston Martin assures customers that the conversion will be done sympathetically, given the historical significance of many of its heritage cars. The possibility of reverse-engineering the car, and returning it to its original powertrain, is also offered.
The first car to be converted is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said: “We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars. Driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience and one that will no doubt be extremely attractive to many owners, especially those who live in city centres. We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars.”
Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, added: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come.”
The electric powertrain is called a “cassette EV powertrain”, and takes the knowledge acquired by Aston during the final phase of the Rapide E’s development. The cassette sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed within its own cell. “Umbilical cords”, as Aston describes them, from the power unit then feed the car’s electrical systems. Drivers can manage the power via a dedicated screen, which is “discreetly fitted” inside the car.