Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for heritage cars

Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for heritage cars

Aston Martin Works, the auto maker's historic arm, will create a reversible EV powertrain conversion for its classic models.

Using lessons learned from development of an electric option for the Rapide sedan due in 2019, the Aston Martin Works classic auto department has developed a self-contained unit referred to as a "cassette" that sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings.

Once in place, umbilical cords from the power unit feed the car's electrical systems, with power management operated via a dedicated screen in the cabin.

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. Talk about going full circle.

Similar to Jaguar's "reversible EV" solution revealed in the royal wedding E-Type earlier this year, the Aston's "cassette" fits in the engine bay, replacing the original engine and sitting on the original engine and gearbox mountings.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in a Jaguar E Type after their wedding. Source Kensington Palace Twitter
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in a Jaguar E Type after their wedding. Source Kensington Palace Twitter

There's also the social implications of owning and driving a dirty, old internal combustion auto when electric power is prevalent.

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".

"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 said in a statement.

II Volante. Components in this new system have reportedly been derived from Aston's efforts on its upcoming Rapide E electric sedan.

"Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage". Indeed, the EV powertrain conversion can be reversed at any time if the owner wishes. The program is expected to start in 2019 under the Heritage EV banner.

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