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Aston Martin creates reversible EV powertrain

06/12/2018
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For many petrolheads nothing beats a classic car. Unencumbered by modern safety standards, classic cars such as the Aston Martin DB6 Volante offer a direct, immersive driving experience that is unmatched by their modern equivalents. But with ever more stringent emissions laws potentially pushing these cars off the road, Aston Martin has devised a typically elegant solution; a ‘reversible’ EV powertrain concept.
Aston Martin's new EV powertrain conversion is designed to futureproof classic cars.
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Dubbed ‘Heritage EV conversion’, the technology centres on an EV cassette which is enclosed within its own self-contained cell installed on the original engine and gearbox mountings. Umbilical cords from the power unit then feed the car’s electrical systems. Power management is operated via a dedicated screen, which is discreetly fitted to the car’s interior.

Should owners decide that they wish to go back to their gasoline fuelled ways, the system can be completed disconnected and the original engine reinstated. In short, the system allows owners to future-proof their cars whilst retaining the option to restore the vehicle to its original settings if desired.

The first car to receive the radical new EV powertrain is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, which would have been originally hand-crafted at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell plant in Buckinghamshire, England.
Aston Martin's EV powertrain conversion is reversible, so collectors can always restore their cars to original condition
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Commenting on the launch of the company’s new EV powertrain, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Chief Executive, said:

“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”.
Aston Martin's Heritage EV Conversions will be available to customers from 2019
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Having handled the initial concept evaluation and build of the proof-of-concept DB6 Volante, Aston Martin Works will also be responsible for completing customer Heritage EV conversions, which are expected to commence in 2019.

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