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Aston Martin will stuff your classic auto with EV guts

Aston Martin will stuff your classic auto with EV guts”

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. That's right: You'll be able to swap out the engine and transmission in your DB5 or DB6 (if you have one) for a battery and an electric motor system. But if it's a little better for the environment, silent is better than sitting in a museum.

Aston Martin Works, the vehicle maker's historic arm, will create a reversible EV powertrain conversion for its classic models.

The first classic auto to receive Aston Martin's "cassette" EV powertrain is the 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. Power management for the entire system is done via a screen that is discreetly fitted to the car's interior.

Earlier this year an all-electric Jaguar E-Type was featured in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding.

Conversion work will be performed by Aston Martin Works, the company's in-house arm dedicated to restoring, selling and maintaining past models produced by the automaker. When went on to say "Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage".

Production versions of the revolutionary EV cassette will include key components from the Rapide E programme.

Given the continuing popularity of classic cars and the growing restrictions on emissions, Aston Martin is convinced this makes sense.

"Given the historical significance of these collectors cars it's vital any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original auto", the company explained.

"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", Spires said.

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. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.



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