Aston Martin creates 'reversible' EV conversion for classic cars

Aston Martin builds reversible EV powertrain for classics

Growth and demand for classic cars is growing and there is also a push to electrification. It's better for the environment this way.

According to Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and CEO, the decision to develop an electric powertrain for classic cars is down to "the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come". "The cassette system offers the ideal solution, offering owners the reassurance of knowing their vehicle is future-proofed and socially responsible, yet still an authentic Aston Martin with the ability to reinstate its original powertrain if desired".

The first auto to feature Aston's EV powertrain is a 1970 DB6 Mk2 Volante, originally handbuilt in the same Newport Pagnell facility where Aston Martin Works is based. The EV systems sit on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed in its own cell.

Umbilical cords lead out from the cassette to power the car's electrical systems. The powertrain requires a small screen for power management, which Aston says is "discreetly" located inside the auto.

Aston Martin appears to understand that classic auto collectors are a finicky bunch, concerned with the "integrity" of the original vehicle, so this cassette system is fully removable if the owner wants the original powertrain back.

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The British automaker has developed an EV conversion solution compatible with the firm's heritage models.

As it stands, emissions regulations are already tightening in many city centres. But if it's a little better for the environment, silent is better than sitting in a museum. The original powertrain can be added back in after conversion if desired. When went on to say "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.

Aston Martin has revealed a new package allowing owners to make their classics electric.

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