Aston Martin have just announced their new electric heritage concept which is a mixture of their old styling with modern electric power. This is a reversible EV system which will greatly benefit classic car owners afraid of emissions Seeing a classic British sports car with a charging cable is quite the sight!
The concept is based on a 1970 DB6 Mk11 and is truly stunning. It borrows the technology from the upcoming Rapide E (which as you can tell is an electric version of the Rapide…).
As you can see, it looks just like a lovely DB6 but in fact has an electric heart.
It is powered by a ‘cassette’ electric powertrain and Aston Martin have said the cassette is a “self-contained cell” which is mated with the original engine and transmission mounts. The cassette also has power cords which give the cars electrical system power and the entire system can be monitored on a dedicated screen in the cabin.
Aston Martin have claimed the cassette is a perfect solution to upgrade and future proof a car and is of course completely reversible back to stock. Owners can have the original powertrain reinstalled and it won’t require many alterations. This is a fantastic idea for those who live in big cities with classic Aston Martin's and wish to save the environment.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO 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”.
“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”, he went on to say.
With the Aston Martin Heritage being just a concept at this stage, it is unclear how long it will be until we see something like this. However, Aston Martin will begin to offer heritage EV conversions in the near future, reportedly at some point in 2019.