Aston Martin to Launch “Heritage EV” Program

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer: “We are very 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. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”

As there is (1) increasing electrification of vehicles, which in some instances are such that electric cars are sometimes more interesting than non-electric (the sales of the Tesla Model S compared to conventional luxury sedans, for example, seem to prove this, point, at least in a limited way) and (2) the potential of regulations in places like the city of London that make non-EVs a dubious issue going forward, the people at Aston Martin Lagonda have developed a solution for those who have vintage Astons and are interested in electric vehicles (their forthcoming Rapide E is for those who want a contemporary EV, incidentally).

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Classic and electric.

What they’ve developed is what is called a “cassette” EV powertrain that can be fitted into an existing vehicle, with the first being the 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. In place of the engine and gearbox mountings this unit is fitted into place, then wires are connected to the electrical system in the car. (The work, incidentally, is performed at Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, so this isn’t some sort of DIY project.)

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Apparently the system is made so that the powertrain can be returned back to internal combustion if desired.

Although the DB6 deployment was something of a test, the company plans to offer this conversion service starting next year.

In explaining what the company is up to, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very 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. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”