Aston Martin develops 'reversible' EV system to protect vintage vehicles

An Aston Martin DB6 Volante is the first to receive the all-electric powertrain conversion

It looks completely normal from the outside, with the only physical change to the auto a subtle power management screen inside.

You could go all out and have a classic Aston converted to an EV, but could you live with yourself for forever ruining the history and heritage of a low-volume classic vehicle?

With some major cities already introducing emission-free zones in congested areas, Aston Martin sees its Heritage EV program as a way to future proof its classic cars in a world where cars with emissions may be ruled off the road.

This electrification concept has been led by Aston Martin Works.

To showcase the concept, the team carried out the conversion on an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, whereby the cassette is enclosed within its own self-contained cell.

There's also the social implications of owning and driving a dirty, old internal combustion auto when electric power is prevalent.

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Aston Martin is developing a reversible electric "cassette" powertrain, allowing its classics to be driven in jurisdictions that outlaw the use of internal combustion engines.

The Aston Martin is allowing owners to refit their classics, with with a "package" that makes it electric.

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.

"We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come", Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement.

'Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage.

"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", Spires said. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.

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