Aston Martin offers 'reversible' electric conversion for classic cars

Aston Martin builds reversible EV powertrain for classics

Aston Martin builds reversible EV powertrain for classics

Having handled the initial concept evaluation and build of the proof-of-concept DB6 MkII Volante, Aston Martin Works will also be responsible for completing customer conversions at the historic Newport Pagnell plant, the home of Aston Martin's classic vehicle department.

That means it can be fitted and removed as required, without damaging the mounting points for the original internal-combustion engine.

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 vehicle". Aston Martin agrees, which is why it's rolling out a new plan to release a reversible EV powertrain conversion. The cassette also features power cords which supply electricity to the car's electrical system and the entire energy management system can be monitored via a dedicated screen that has been discreetly mounted in the cabin.

Earlier this year an all-electric Jaguar E-Type was featured in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding.

Drawing upon the company's knowledge gained from the Rapide E and upcoming Lagonda models, Aston Martin Works developed what it calls a "cassette" EV powertrain that can be integrated seamlessly into classic models, and is "sympathetic to the integrity of the original vehicle".

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"We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come", said Aston Martin head Andy Palmer.

It's just a concept, but Aston is already talking about "production versions" of the EV cassette which will pinch bits and pieces from the company's Rapide E project. Speaking of the latter, owners can have the original powertrain reinstalled with relative ease as the conversion doesn't require major modifications.

2019 is when Aston Martin will start offering the Heritage EV conversion process to owners.

"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", Paul Spires, president, Aston Martin Works, added. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house.

Given the continuing popularity of classic cars and the growing restrictions on emissions, Aston Martin is convinced this makes sense.

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