Aston Martin Heritage EV Concept Gives 1970’s DB6 A Modern Electric Heart

To demonstrate the concept the company introduced Heritage EV a battery car based on the second-generation Aston Martin DB6 Volante

To demonstrate the concept the company introduced Heritage EV a battery car based on the second-generation Aston Martin DB6 Volante

Aston Martin says that its process to convert classic Aston cars to EV drivetrains is a way to future-proof the classic cars.

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 vehicle for which it was developed, which is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante converted as a prototype by the factory.

Given that Aston Martin's electric plans are humming along nicely with the upcoming Rapid-E, its Works department in Newport Pagnell has been busy thinking up some electrification ideas of its own. This is then mounted on the car's original engine and gearbox mountings, with power cords to feed the car's electrical systems. Power management is operated via a dedicated screen, which is "discreetly fitted" in the car's interior. Owners are able to have the electric motor and battery removed when they want a bit more noise.

Umbilical cords from the power unit feed electrical systems in the vehicle.

The idea for Aston Martin is to ensure that enthusiasts can continue to enjoy its prestigious heritage vehicles by transforming them into models that are sustainable and suited to modern needs, while also respecting the integrity of the original auto.

The only physical change to the vehicle is a subtle power management screen inside.

In a statement, Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Andy Palmer 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". "Driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience and one that will no doubt be extremely attractive to many owners, especially those who live in city centers".

Given the continuing popularity of classic cars and the growing restrictions on emissions, Aston Martin is convinced this makes sense. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.

Having handled the initial concept evaluation and build of the proof-of-concept DB6 Volante, Aston Martin Works will also be responsible for completing customer Heritage EV conversions.

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