Aston Martin Works has announced a reversible electric vehicle powertrain “cassette” that can be fitted into many of its classic models.
ASTON MARTIN LAUNCHES EV CLASSIC CONVERSIONS
The technology is designed to future-proof heritage collector’s cars and ensure that they are “socially responsible” using a set of components specially developed for the Rapide E.
Designed in Newport Pagnell, the EV conversion includes a self-contained cell that sits on the original engine and gearbox mounting points. Umbilical cords feed the car’s electrical systems and information about the battery pack is displayed on a new screen that’s “discreetly fitted to the car’s interior”. If desired, the original powertrain can be taken out of storage and reinstated in the future.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda CEO, said: “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.”
The first model to be fitted with an EV “Cassette” is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, with customer Heritage EV conversions expected to commence at Aston Martin Works in 2019. Its President, Paul Spires, commented: “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.”
This 1970 Aston-Martin DB6 MkII Volante is the first car to receive Aston Martin’s radical new EV powertrain. The idea is that a zero-emission conversion will future-proof classic Astons against any legislation to restrict the use of classic cars. Glancing at the interior, there are no obvious signs of the car’s new drivetrain.