Aston Martin launches classic electric conversions

Aston Martin will turn your Classic Aston in to an ELECTRIC car

Aston Martin will turn your Classic Aston in to an ELECTRIC car

Power management for the entire system is done via a screen that is discreetly fitted to the car's interior.

Electrification doesn't have to be reserved just for the upcoming, futuristic cars.

The DB6 Volante serves as a proof of concept for Aston, with the Works department readying itself for customer Heritage EV conversions in 2019. It proved so popular that Jaguar in August confirmed production plans for the conversion, which like Aston Martin's setup is fully reversible.

The first vehicle to receive the radical new EV powertrain is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, which would have been originally hand-crafted at Newport Pagnell.

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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. "We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars", said Paul Spires, President Aston Martin Works.

Future legislation is indeed the item that Aston Martin is seeking to future-proof its classic cars against, and this "cassette" system is meant to use the original engine and transmission mounts of the first auto for which it was developed, which is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante converted as a prototype by the factory. Cords from the power unit then feed the car's electrical systems. Sitting on the original engine and gearbox mountings, this cassette is enclosed within its own self-contained cell, which explains why it is relatively easy to replace.

Aston Martin has revealed a new package allowing owners to make their classics electric. Indeed, the EV powertrain conversion can be reversed at any time if the owner wishes.

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