To mitigate any future restrictions on the use of classic cars, Aston Martin plans to future-proof such vehicles with what it terms "the world's first reversible EV powertrain conversion".
Using lessons learned from development of an electric option for the Rapide sedan due in 2019, the Aston Martin Works classic vehicle department has developed a self-contained unit referred to as a "cassette" that sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings.
Well, now Aston Martin is in on the action, today unveiling a pristine 1970 DB6 Mk2 Volante with the company's first reversible electric drivetrain. Sitting on the original engine and gearbox mountings, this cassette is enclosed within its own self-contained cell, which explains why it is relatively easy to replace. A power management screen is discretely fitted to the car's interior. Owners are able to have the electric motor and battery removed when they want a bit more noise. But forward-thinking? Sure. Aston Martin doesn't need us to point out that the value of its heritage models is at an all-time high.
The power control screen located "discretely" inside the cabin.
Heritage EV conversions could begin as early as next year, depending on customer feedback, although a price has yet to be officially confirmed.
"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 says.
This electrification concept has been led by Aston Martin Works. "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".
Having proved it can do deliver the project, Aston Martin Works will start proper customer conversions in 2019.