Aston Martin to offer reversible EV conversions for its classics

Mae Love
December 8, 2018

To combat this fear, Aston Martin will offer EV powertrain conversions for its heritage models.

With knowledge gleaned from developing the all-electric Rapide E sedan and the upcoming range of emission-free Lagondas, Aston Martin's "cassette" EV powertrain will have components from the Rapide E program. Power management can be done via a dedicated screen that is fitted discreetly inside the vehicle. Talk about going full circle.

Aston Martin on Wednesday announced that it's devised a reversible EV solution for its heritage vehicles. The unit - which Gaydon hasn't provided any images of just yet - also powers the DB6's existing electrical systems.

The idea for Aston Martin is to ensure that enthusiasts can continue to enjoy its prestigious heritage vehicles by transforming them into models that are sustainable and suited to modern needs, while also respecting the integrity of the original auto.

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The powertrain, encased in its own cell, will sit on top of the original engine and gearbox mountings.

"We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come", Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive, was quoted in the company's news release.

"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. It proved so popular that Jaguar in August confirmed production plans for the conversion, which like Aston Martin's setup is fully reversible.

Aston Martin has revealed a new package allowing owners to make their classics electric. "We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars". The first are slated to begin in 2019.

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