Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for classics

Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for classics

The EV powertrain conversion is the flagship product of Aston's new Heritage EV program, and is being used to "future-proof" its classic fleet against future increased emissions restrictions.

Drawing upon the company's knowledge gained from the Rapide E and upcoming Lagonda models, Aston Martin Works developed what it calls a "cassette" EV powertrain that can be integrated seamlessly into classic models, and is "sympathetic to the integrity of the original auto".

The cassette contains the battery, motor and electric control units and features external cables that feed power to the car's various electrical systems. Talk about going full circle. But if, say, tomorrow we completely run out of crude oil and there is no gasoline left for anyone ever again, these classic Aston Martins will still be able to run.

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 cassette EV powertrain sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed in its own self-contained cell.

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This electrification concept has been led by Aston Martin Works.

'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. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field".

Aston Martin aims to keep the interior as original as possible, only installing a small screen to control the EV powertrain.

The company expects to begin offering conversions to customers in 2019.

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