A few months ago we brought you this story of an electric Jaguar E-Type. Now we have an electric Aston Martin based on a classic design.
New life to classics
Aston Martin Lagonda claims that it has engineered the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion. The Heritage electrification concept has been developed around a so-called “cassette” EV powertrain. The main aim is to offer a zero-emissions conversion for classic cars, thereby ensuring they will not fall foul of future legislation.
The first car to receive the modular EV powertrain is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. The electric powertrain sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings. Umbilical cords from the power unit then feed the car’s electrical systems. The original powertrain can be reinstalled if the owner desires.
Aston Martin used knowledge gained during the development of the Rapide E to create the Heritage EV conversion. Inside the electric Aston Martin classics remain as they were created with very little change, except for discreet integration of monitoring systems for the electricals.
In their own words
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer, said of the Heritage EV concept: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”
Paul Spires, president Aston Martin Works commented: “We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars. 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. We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars.