Aston Martin Heritage EV Project Converts Old Classic Aston Martin Cars Into Electric Vehicles

Aston Martin makes some of the most desirable cars in the world like the Aston Martin Vantage that was launched recently. That alone is enough incentive to own one despite the lofty price tag. What makes them more desirable is the fact that the price of an Aston Martin only goes upwards and never downwards as its age increases. The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that was driven by James Bond fetched more than Rs 14 crore when it was auctioned off earlier this year. This is just one of many examples where classic Aston Martin cars have been sold for a price much higher than they were bought for. This effect is only multiplied if the Aston Martin in question is a desirable heritage classic like the DB5 or the DB6 MkII Volante. With emission norms tightening up across the world, Aston martin is very well aware that electric cars are the way to go forward. Though such heritage cars are not banned from public roads yet, there could be a possibility of such a ban in the future too. If a blanket ban on all cars older than 15 years is imposed, owners of heritage cars would be left in the lurch. Adding to all this is the fact that car buyers and users are becoming more environment conscious with every passing day. In order to prevent heritage car owners from getting into trouble with environmental agencies and to appeal to eco-friendly car owners, Aston Martin has announced the Heritage EV scheme. Under the Heritage EV program, owners of classic Aston Martins can get their cars converted so that they can purely run on electricity. Aston Martin will convert the classic car to an electric car by plonking in an electric motor while leaving as much of the heritage car in its original state as possible. This scheme includes leaving the gearbox and engine mounts in place. The first car that would undergo this conversion program is the Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante that was produced from 1965 to 1971. For the Heritage EV program, Aston Martin will be using technology from their upcoming electric sports car – Rapide E. The Aston Martin Rapide E is set to debut in the latter half of 2019 and will be powered by an 800-volt, 65kWh battery. It will have range of over 320 kilometres and will go from 0-100km/h in under 4 seconds. With a top speed of 250km/h, it will be a pretty quick car. Aston Martin will be producing ‘cassettes’ with this EV technology that just slots into older Aston Martin cars and bolts on directly to the original engine mounting plates. The only major change inside the cars will be aTFT screen to display various vehicle parameters. The Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante is powered by a 4.0-litre, inline-six-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 282bhp and a peak torque output of 380Nm. 0-100km/h was dispatched in 8.4 seconds and it was capable of a top speed of around 240km/h. With the new electric powertrain though, things would change drastically. If Aston Martin decides to go anywhere close to the performance of the upcoming Rapide E with the DB6 MkII Volante, the brakes and suspension too would have to be upgraded. What makes the Heritage EV program interesting though is that it can be reversed. Just in case the owner of the car wants to plonk in that gas-guzzling petrol motor back in, Aston Martin would gladly do it for its valuable customer. Thoughts On Aston Martin Converting Classic Cars Into Electric The global automotive industry is moving toward electrification and there is no doubt about it. Be it mass market car manufacturers or exotic car manufacturers, everyone would sooner or later have to humble themselves before the electric motor and this is Aston Martin’s way of doing it – keeping them old classic running clean and green.

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Wealthy buyers looking for an electric Aston Martin may not have to wait until the brand’s new Rapide E performance car—at least not previous owners who may already have an old Aston Martin lying around.

The company has joined other European automakers in developing an electric drive system for its classic cars.

Aston Martin mounts its complete retrofit electric drivetrain in what it calls a “cassette” that fits under the hood of its classic cars and mounts onto the existing engine and transmission mounts. That makes the conversion easily reversible to avoid diminishing the cars’ recently eye-watering values at collector-car auctions.

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A screen discreetly mounted in the cabin lets the driver keep tabs on things like the state of battery charge.

The company showed off its creation in a white, 1970 DB6 Mk Ii Volante.

Aston Martin said it is doing the conversion to “future proof” its classic cars in an era when many cities are setting restrictions on internal combustion machines and even targeting outright bans on driving them.

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“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 Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who was head of the team that developed the Leaf when he worked for Nissan. “Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage.”

Aston says its electric-conversion cassette uses parts from the upcoming Rapide E, which is slated to use a 65-kilowatt-hour, 800-volt battery pack that will give it 200 miles of range and ultra-fast charging.

The Works Heritage EV conversion cassette may not be able to hold that much energy but may deliver the fast charging of the Rapide E.

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Owners who want the conversion will have to have it installed at the Aston Martin factory at Newport Pagnell, England.

The concept follows in the footsteps of Jaguar, which introduced an electric conversion of its classic E-Type this summer and decided to build the car after Prince Harry drove it from his wedding to Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex. The Jaguar, slightly smaller than the classic Aston Martins, holds a 45-kwh battery good for 170 miles.

Aston Martin did not specify the range, power, or price of its Works Heritage EV conversion. The company says it plans to start converting cars sometime in 2019.