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Aston Martin can cram an EV powertrain into a classic Aston cars

08 December 2018

Its power is managed via a discreet screen inside the auto.

Classic cars are not on their way out.

1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante interior
Aston Martin aims to keep the interior as original as possible only installing a small screen to control the EV powertrain

Aston Martin said the Heritage EV solution is part of its wider electrification effort that includes the development by Aston Martin Works of the Rapide E and an all-new range of electric-powered Lagondas. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house.

Said prototype vehicle is a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark II Volante, which trades its original 4.0-liter inline-six for a "cassette" style electric powertrain, which occupies the same space and uses the same mounts as the factory engine and transmission. The DB6's new powertrain exists entirely within the area occupied by the original engine and gearbox.

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Aston Martin is following Jaguar's lead with a reversible electric auto conversion for classic models, and the first to receive the treatment is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante.

Aston Martin is taking a page from the Jaguar playbook and is offering up the ability to put an electric powertrain into a classic Aston Martin.

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Drawing upon the company's knowledge gained from the Rapide E and upcoming Lagonda models, Aston Martin Works developed what it calls a "cassette" EV powertrain that can be integrated seamlessly into classic models, and is "sympathetic to the integrity of the original vehicle". Cords from the power unit then feed the car's electrical systems. When went on to say "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".

Aston's conversion offers classic motoring with a social conscience. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019. While there was no official word on the costs involved, we would confidently predict it to be a number with LOTS of zeros in it.

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Aston Martin can cram an EV powertrain into a classic Aston cars