Aston Martin Launches Classic Electric Conversions

DEC 6 2018 BY AUTOCLASSICS 14

A new official Heritage EV program from Aston Martin Works will convert your classic into an all-electric equivalent, a process that’s reversible thereafter

Electric conversions for classic cars are becoming more and more common, with the surgery relatively easy to complete. Going electric often brings a performance benefit, not to mention cheaper motoring, less maintenance, and no congestion charges to fear. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house.

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Aston Martin will use the same battery electric technology that will soon appear in their first all-electric model, the Rapide E. The power unit is self-contained meaning that the original combustion engine can easily be refitted at a later date should the owner so choose. Management of the new EV system is via a screen ‘discreetly’ placed in the cabin of the classic.

The very first car to received this treatment is a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MKII Volante, which was built by hand nearly 50 years ago at Aston’s old Newport Pagnell factory. Battery modifications sit on the original gearbox and engine mountings, meaning that modifications are kept to an absolute minimum. Aston Martin’s release states that ‘given the historical significance of these collectors cars it’s vital any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original car.’

‘We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come,’ said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda’s president and group CEO.

‘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.”

The DB6 Volante serves as a proof of concept for Aston, with the Works department readying itself for customer Heritage EV conversions in 2019. This is a pretty big step for the world of classic car electric conversions, with customers now able to go to Aston Martin itself to ensure their car’s history is preserved post-conversion.

We think this is a great move from Aston Martin and wonder how long it will be before other manufacturers launch similar programs. Your move, Porsche.

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14 Comments on "Aston Martin Launches Classic Electric Conversions"

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Kosh

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “GATTACA” is where he pulls into the garage in a classic Citroen DS Cabriolet…… and plugs it in (with an EV-1 plug!)

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earl colby pottinger

Those OLDER classic cars must be major pollution machines, with the restrictions that are being given by major cities something had to change if the owners wanted to keep driving their cars there.

Ron Swanson's Mustache

They may pollute more than more modern vehicles, but their relative rarity probably makes their emissions a rounding error in the big scheme of things.

That said, I really like the idea of converting old cars to EV drive trains. ICON has done a few that are just gorgeous.

Nix

That sounds like a rational argument, but in reality it is these “Gross Polluters” that are putting out the most pollution. Modern cars are so much better than these old cars that “75 percent of vehicular pollution is caused by just 25 percent of the vehicle fleet”.

Getting rid of gross polluters is a huge deal. People GREATLY underestimate how bad old gas cars pollute vs. new gas cars, much less new EV’s. These older cars can pollute in multiple orders of magnitude higher than an EV drivetrain.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1048506_california-steps-up-gross-polluter-vehicle-retirement-program

dgate

These older classics were once originally driven by well off owners well above todays legal limits on newly laid motorways before congestion and regulation relegated their modern offspring to become mere look at me show off status for rich kids with overinflated ego’s and nil driving experience.
The original idea of this type car is not for use in cities but the open road and the ICE and gearbox is part of the experience so what’s the point other than having your engine stand mounted in the drawing room while proudly touting your environmental contributions over cocktails. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Better performance, for one.
Also, switching to an electric drive train likely reduces the amount of work required to keep the vehicle functional by a significant amount.

dgate

So for the “few” who can already afford to keep them functional in original form its ok to remove the dirty bits to justify a good feeling from a car that’s likely to be used only on sunny days for joy riding.
In the big scheme of things they are unlikely to have much influence.

Salem

But it will rip out a significant part of the personality of the car

Correlation is NOT Causation.

There are so few of these classic cars on the road they amount to approximately zero percent of ICE pollution. It’s kind of a shame to change them over to EVs and loose what they were (yes, I’m a retrogrouch and hate the whole resto-mod trend too).
How about focusing on pickups and SUVs?

Clive

I am sure 007 will appreciate this.

Bill Howland

That Citroen looked just like a miniaturized 1963 Studebaker Avanti.

Aston Martin is to be congratulated for keeping their EV classics “Classic”.

Nirmalkumar wala

All manufacturers should start conversions immidiately to ensure a cleaner safer world.

J P DeCaen

A little irritated that Jaguar gets no mention with their electric E-types. They were first to do it, as the latest Royal Wedding car showed the world. Of course I love Aston Martins too, but please give credit where it’s due!

Steven Loveday

We’ve covered them on a handful of occasions. We love the electric E-type.