Aston Martin’s heritage arm, Aston Martin Works has announced it is to offer an electric conversion on its classic cars.
The car manufacturer will offer a “reversible” EV powertrain for the classic vehicles, in order to “mitigate any future [government] legislation to restrict the use of classic cars”. The first car to feature the new powertrain will be a 1970 DB6 Mk2 Volante, handbuilt in Newport Pagnell where Aston Martin Works is based.
Aston Martin’s new powertrain works using a self-contained cell, mounted on the original engine and gearbox mountings. Power management is via a dedicated screen fitted into the vehicle’s cabin. The conversion allows owners to restore the original powertrain if they require it.
The car manufacturer’s 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.”
Boss of Aston Martin Works, Paul Spires added: “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 centres. We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars.”