EV rein­car­na­tion for cher­ished clas­sics

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

WITH in­ter­est in clas­sic cars grow­ing ev­ery year and val­ues of her­itage mod­els at an all-time high, As­ton Martin Lagonda is pi­o­neer­ing a bold new plan: to fu­ture­proof 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.

The first car to re­ceive the new pow­er­train is an orig­i­nal 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. Sit­ting on the orig­i­nal en­gine and gear­box mount­ings, the cas­sette is en­closed within its own self-con­tained cell. Cords from the power unit feed the car’s elec­tri­cal sys­tems. Power man­age­ment is op­er­ated via a screen 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 owners the re­as­sur­ance of know­ing their car is fu­ture­proofed and so­cially re­spon­si­ble, yet still an au­then­tic As­ton Martin with the abil­ity to re­in­state its orig­i­nal pow­er­train if de­sired.

Cus­tomer Her­itage EV con­ver­sions are ex­pected to com­mence next year.

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