As some areas of the world look to ban the use of classic cars due to environmental concerns, some automakers are looking for ways to keep these vintage cars on the road. A couple months ago, the Jaguar E-Type Zero showed the possibility of replacing a classic car's drivetrain with an EV powertrain conversion, and now Aston Martin Works has done the same to a classic Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante to create the Heritage EV Concept.
The Heritage EV conversions take "key components" from the Rapide E - an electrified version of the Rapide expected to go on sale next year - and replace the original powertrain with an all-electric powertrain using all of the original engine and gearbox mountings. Not only does this maintain the integrity of the original car to preserve its status as a collector car, but it also makes it easier for the owner to reinstall the original powertrain down the road, making it a reversible EV.
"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars," said Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works.
"Driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience and one that will no doubt be extremely attractive to many owners, especially those who live in city centers. We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars."
Converting an iconic classic car into an environmentally friendly electric vehicle is the perfect solution for enthusiasts to enjoy beautiful vintage cars regardless of where they live. What the Heritage EV Concept might lack in a gasoline engine roaring to life and revving up during a spirited drive, it will surely make up for in the instant torque and acceleration for which electric vehicles are known.
"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 Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President.
"Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models but also protects our treasured heritage."
Just looking at the modified DB6, you'd be hard-pressed to spot any visual changes. And the only interior modification required to transform the DB6 into an electric car is the addition of a dedicated screen for use with the EV conversion's power management system.