Based on a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, the concept doesn’t look too remarkable as its hides the “world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion” underneath its skin.
Created for a world where future legislation could restrict the use of classic cars, the concept has a “cassette” electric powertrain which uses some of the same technology as the upcoming Rapide E. Aston Martin says the cassette is a “self-contained cell” that sits on the original engine and transmission mounts. The cassette also features power cords which supply electricity to the car’s electrical system and the entire energy management system can be monitored via a dedicated screen that has been discreetly mounted in the cabin.
Aston Martin was coy on additional details, but said the cassette is the perfect solution for drivers seeking a future-proof upgrade that is socially responsible and completely reversible. Speaking of the latter, owners can have the original powertrain reinstalled with relative ease as the conversion doesn’t require major modifications.
While the car is just a concept, Aston Martin Works will begin offering heritage EV conversions in the near future. The first are slated to begin in 2019.
In a statement, Aston Martin Lagonda 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.” When went on to say “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.”