Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Auto owners given the chance to ‘turn’ their existing vehicles electric

Auto owners given the chance to ‘turn’ their existing vehicles electric

Aston Martin announced Wednesday that it has constructed a prototype for a reversible electric vehicle conversion, applicable to its historic models to preserve their drivability for future generations.

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. "Power management is operated via a dedicated screen, which is discreetly fitted to the car's interior", Aston Martin says.

The first auto to receive the radical new EV powertrain is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, which would have been originally hand-crafted at Newport Pagnell. Talk about going full circle. In fact the interest in classic and heritage cars is growing and now Aston Martin Lagonda too has a plan to preserve this rich history. This is then mounted on the car's original engine and gearbox mountings, with power cords to feed the car's electrical systems.

The only physical change to the auto is a subtle power management screen inside.

"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.

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"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars".

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

Aston Martin Works has taken the wraps off the all-new heritage electrification concept which blends classic styling with modern technology.

Having proved it can do deliver the project, Aston Martin Works will start proper customer conversions in 2019.

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