Aston Martin announced recently that they were “to future-proof” their classic cars by “creating the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion.”
The objective, Aston Martin says, is to mitigate any future legislation to restrict the use of classic cars by offering a zero emissions conversion. The government has plans to make all new cars in the UK, zero emission by 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution. Whilst it’s not thought that classic cars will be directly affected by the ban, it seem Aston Martin are taking no chances.
They’re calling it the ‘Heritage electrification concept’ which will incorporate an EV cassette that has been developed using know-how and components from the Rapide E programme.
The first car to receive the radical new EV powertrain is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante.
How does the new electric system work?
The EV cassette is enclosed within its own self-contain cell and will sit on the original engine and gearbox mounting. Chords will extend from the power unit and feed into the car’s electrical systems.
Discreetly fitted in the car’s interior, a dedicated screen allows power management to be controlled.
Crucially, Aston Martin have assured car lovers that “any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original car” so as not to tarnish any authenticity associated with the vehicle.
The EV cassette offers owners the reassurance that their car if future-proofed and socially responsible, but provides them with the option to reinstate its original powertrain if desired.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said of the Heritage EV concept: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”
The electric conversions will be carried out in-house and is expected to begin in 2019.