Aston Martin is futureproofing increasingly precious classic cars by creating the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion in attempts to nurture a greener world.
Developed around a “cassette” EV powertrain, the British manufacturer aims to moderate any future legislation restricting the use of classic cars with a zero emissions conversion that would turn heritage models electric.
An original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante will be the first automobile to take part in the electrification concept led by Aston Martin Works, England.
"I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field," – Andy Palmer
The world-first procedure involves swapping the car’s original engine and gearbox mountings with a Rapid E-inspired cassette. The power unit will feed the car’s electrical systems and power management is operated by a dedicated screen in the car’s interior.
Aside from the innovative electrical conversion, everything else remains the same. Aston Martin is clearing the road for socially responsible automobiles while maintaining their original integrity.
“We are very aware of the environment and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come,” Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO Andy Palmer says. “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.”
By protecting historically significant cars with a green upgrade, they will survive longer than ever imagined without losing authenticity.
The electric concept promotes a more sustainable and exciting future in the world of heritage cars to carry on the company’s glorious past.
"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," – Paul Spires
“We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars,” Aston Martin Works President Paul Spires says. “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.”
For those who believe the bold move is sacrilege, the process is not permanent – the original powertrain can be reinstated, if desired.
Aston Martin’s first reversible EV powertrains installations are expected to begin later this year.
If you have a penchant for modern cars, take a first look at the Aston Martin Lagonda set to make its world debut next month.