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08 December 2018, 02:17 | Hattie Nash
A 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante with “factory” electric drive. Motoring Electric Aston Martin cars that are fit for a future king
This "cassette" powertrain does, however, include a power management screen fitted into the interior for easy viewing of charge levels. Certainly Aston Martin's target audience is the same: classic auto owners keen to keep their pride and joy running when the curtain finally drops on anything (or anything much) powered by petrol. But if, say, tomorrow we completely run out of crude oil and there is no gasoline left for anyone ever again, these classic Aston Martins will still be able to run. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house.
Aston Martin has joined a few other classic carmakers in offering to convert its ageing motors to electric power, but it's going a step further in also offering to convert them back again should the driver suffer from too extreme a case of range anxiety or decide it's best sold on in original engined condition. Cords from the power unit then feed the car's electrical systems. Aston Martin agrees, which is why it's rolling out a new plan to release a reversible EV powertrain conversion.
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The powertrain, encased in its own cell, will sit on top of the original engine and gearbox mountings.
Using lessons learned from development of an electric option for the Rapide sedan due in 2019, the Aston Martin Works classic auto department has developed a self-contained unit referred to as a "cassette" that sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings.
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. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field". "We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars".
Having proved it can do deliver the project, Aston Martin Works will start proper customer conversions in 2019.
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