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Aston Martin offers 'reversible' electric conversion for classic cars

Autocar Wednesday, 5 December 2018 ()
Electric conversions carried out by Aston Martin Works will use technology from the upcoming Rapide E

The car maker's 'Second Century' plan will help older cars to remain road legal

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

The so-called ‘cassette’ EV system has been developed using know-how and components from the Rapide E programme and will be put into production to “mitigate any future legislation to restrict the use of classic cars”. 

The first car 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 cassette is enclosed in a self-contained cell and mounted on the original engine and gearbox mountings. Power management is via a dedicated screen fitted “discreetly” into the cabin. 

The nature of the conversion is such that the car’s original powertrain could be reinstated if required. Aston Martin believes that this offers “owners the reassurance of knowing their car is future-proofed and socially responsible, yet still an authentic Aston Martin.”

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says that the company is “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.”

Conversion of customer cars will be carried out in-house and is expected to begin in 2019, beating Jaguar’s similarly conceived E-Type Zero to market. No power output or range details have been released.

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