Currently reading: Aston Martin offers 'reversible' electric conversion for classic cars
The car maker's 'Second Century' plan will help older cars to remain road legal
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5 December 2018

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.”

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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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275not599 5 December 2018

There's a hidden message here

There's a hidden message here.  If you look at the entire DB4/5/6 range, the least attractive is a DB6 in any colour but especially in white.

eseaton 5 December 2018

Agree. A white DB6 is really

Agree. A white DB6 is really hideous. Just need to make it an auto to finish it off.
Gruia 5 December 2018

convert any old banger

I would love to have something like a Citroën CX with Tesla guts.

Will86 5 December 2018

No need

A classic car could be compared to a listed building. The latter could be upgraded with triple glazing and external insulation to improve its thermal performance but we don't do it because we want to preserve the historic integrity that contributes to its appeal. Take away the engine from a classic car and you dilute its character.