Aston's EV conversion preserves heritage (and the planet)
Aston's EV conversion preserves heritage (and the planet)
Aston Martin Will Convert its Classics to Electric – Then Convert Them Back Again if You Want
08 December, 2018, 02:17
Aston Martin is following Jaguar's lead with a reversible electric auto conversion for classic models, and the first to receive the treatment is a 1970 DB6 MkIIVolante.
The "cassette" EV powertrain underneath has apparently been developed using experience gleaned from Gaydon's final phase development of the Rapide E (not to mention the all-new range of Lagondas that loom large on Aston's horizon). The only cosmetic change is a touchscreen that's been "discreetly fitted" into the cabin to monitor the power outlay.
The first auto converted with the EV cassette is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. Talk about going full circle.
With some major cities already introducing emission-free zones in congested areas, Aston Martin sees its Heritage EV program as a way to future proof its classic cars in a world where cars with emissions may be ruled off the road. "Umbilical cords from the power unit then feed the car's electrical systems".
The cassette EV powertrain sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed in its own self-contained cell.
You may think, "Well, it's a little early for this sort of thing - gasoline isn't $20 a gallon yet, and it doesn't require some special environmental exemption to put it into a auto".
"Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage".
"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", said Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works.
Given the continuing popularity of classic cars and the growing restrictions on emissions, Aston Martin is convinced this makes sense. "We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars".
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