Classic Aston Martins with Factory EV Powertrains Are a Thing Now

A battery-powered 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted as part of the company's Heritage EV Concept program					Handout Aston Martin

Numerous cities around Europe are planning bans on cars with petrol and diesel engines around 2025 or 2030, meaning owners of classic cars like the DB6 won't be able to show their priceless classics off.

But now there is another largely non-invasive option - a fully reversible EV conversion created by Aston Martin itself for its appreciating classics. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house.

Aston Martin's EV conversion is completely reversible and doesn't ruin a rare classic's value.

The first auto converted with the EV cassette is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. This is then mounted on the car's original engine and gearbox mountings, with power cords to feed the car's electrical systems.

There's also the social implications of owning and driving a dirty, old internal combustion vehicle when electric power is prevalent. This "cassette" powertrain does, however, include a power management screen fitted into the interior for easy viewing of charge levels.

A battery-powered 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted as part of the company’s Heritage EV Concept program
Handout  
Aston Martin
A battery-powered 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted as part of the company’s Heritage EV Concept program Handout Aston Martin

The only physical change to the auto is a subtle power management screen inside. So discretely you can't even see it here.

"Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage".

Given the continuing popularity of classic cars and the growing restrictions on emissions, Aston Martin is convinced this makes sense. The conversion is built around what Aston calls a "cassette" EV powertrain.

Aston's conversion offers classic motoring with a social conscience.

Aston Martin hasn't made any specifications available just yet, but more information should come out in the near future. "We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars".

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