EV reincarnation for cherished classics
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.