And, the process is completely reversible too

Although a noble thought by Aston Martin, this basically kills the whole point. Wondering what we are talking about? Aston Martin Works plans to protect the classic cars in the future by allowing them to live as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). It has produced the first model under its plan called the Heritage EV Programme.

Compromise Without Compromising

You Can Now Pay to Have an EV Powertrain Bolted into Your Classic Aston Martin Exterior
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Aston Martin came up with this idea that if in the future internal combustion engines are outlawed, what will happen to these classics? These cars are delicate machines; given their age and the way they were built back in the day. So, the owners would not want to make permanent changes and lose the authenticity of the car by swapping the whole combustion engine with an electric drivetrain.

This is where Aston Martin Works came up with the reversible powertrain that it created in Newport Pagnell.

It allows the car to retain as much of its original character as possible in its electric form, while also having the ability to fully revert back to its original combustion engine.

What They Had To Say?

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This reversible powertrain has been developed using knowledge acquired during the development of the Rapide E that was showcased earlier this year.

Aston Martin Works plonked this motor in an original 1970 DB6 Mk II Volante, a car that was originally hand-crafted at Newport Pagnell where Aston Martin Works is located now.

Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, 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.’

How It Works?

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There are a few workshops that convert classic cars to electric vehicles these days, but none of them have a reversible concept. Want to know how this works? Well, in order to have the ability to reinstate the car’s original powertrain if desired, the workings of the powertrain sit on the original engine and gearbox mountings, with the ‘cassette’ (battery) enclosed within its own self-contained cell. It does not disrupt the original placement of the unit. ‘Umbilical cords,’ what Aston Martin likes to call it, are then fed from the main power unit to drive the car’s electrical systems. To monitor and manage all the systems, a dedicated screen is also discreetly fitted to the car’s interior.

Final Thoughts

You Can Now Pay to Have an EV Powertrain Bolted into Your Classic Aston Martin Exterior
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Aston Martin will start working on all customers Heritage EV conversions from 2019.

These restorations are no cheap; Aston Martin Works’ restoration projects prices begin from $500,000.

So, don’t expect this to be any cheap. Would you be willing to do this mod to your classic car, or would you go for a full-electric swap? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further reading

1965 Aston-Martin DB6
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Read our full review on the 1965 Aston-Martin DB6.

EV solution for Heritage models part of Aston Martin’s wider EV strategy
Radical idea mitigates possible future restriction of classic car usage
Reversible “Cassette” powertrain concept is sympathetic to original car
Concept development process led by Aston Martin Works

05 December 2018, Newport Pagnell: With interest in classic cars growing every year and values of heritage models at an all time high, Aston Martin Lagonda has pioneered a bold new plan: to future-proof these increasingly precious machines by creating the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion.

Conceived as an integral part of the company’s wider EV strategy, the Heritage electrification concept has been led by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. Developed around a so-called “cassette” EV powertrain, the objective is to mitigate any future legislation to restrict the use of classic cars by offering a zero emissions conversion.

Using knowledge acquired by Aston Martin during the final phase development of the Rapide E and future planning of the all-new range of Lagondas, the Aston Martin Works’ Heritage EV conversion employs state-of-the-art thinking and technology. Production versions of the revolutionary EV cassette will include key components from the Rapide E programme.

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 Newport Pagnell. Sitting on the original engine and gearbox mountings, the cassette is enclosed within its own self-contained cell. 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.

Given the historical significance of these collectors cars it’s vital any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original car. The cassette system offers the perfect solution, offering owners the reassurance of knowing their car is future-proofed and socially responsible, yet still an authentic Aston Martin with the ability to reinstate its original powertrain if desired.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said of the Heritage EV concept: “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.

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.

A bold and progressive solution to a growing issue, the Heritage EV programme ensures Aston Martin’s glorious past also has a sustainable, bright and exciting future.

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