Aston Martin reveals reversible EV powertrain

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Dec 2018

With interest in classic cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO and Aston Martin DB5 at an all-time high, there is a need to future-proof such machines. After all, global reserves of dino-juice aren’t renewable.

This is the thinking over at Aston Martin anyway, which has created a reversible “cassette” EV powertrain. The conversion was developed to mitigate any future legislation to restrict the use of classic cars.

It’s essentially a drop-in electric conversion, with the motor sitting where the original engine and gearbox once were. Power management is operated by a discrete dedicated screen.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said of the Heritage EV concept: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models but also protects our treasured heritage.”The first car to receive the new EV powertrain is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante.

While an electric crate engine isn’t entirely new, the cassette approach means owners can reinstate the original powertrain if desired.

Jaguar offers a similar thing to E-Type owners, swapping the original six-cylinder XK engine with an electric set-up the exact same size. The difference between the two British manufacturers is that Aston’s version can be applied to a range of models, while Jag’s is exclusively for Series 1 E-Types (at this stage).

Deliveries of the e-E-Type are expected in 2020, while Aston Martin conversions will kick off in 2019.

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