Aston Martin Heritage EV Concept Gives 1970’s DB6 A Modern Electric Heart

Aston Martin Heritage EV Concept Gives 1970’s DB6 A Modern Electric Heart

It's better for the environment this way. Aston Martin agrees, which is why it's rolling out a new plan to release a reversible EV powertrain conversion.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said of the Heritage EV concept: "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 prototype vehicle is a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark II Volante, which trades its original 4.0-liter inline-six for a "cassette" style electric powertrain, which occupies the same space and uses the same mounts as the factory engine and transmission.

According to the sports vehicle maker, the DB6's new all-electric powertrain is housed within a self-contained cassette, which is placed on the original engine and gearbox mountings. The unit - which Gaydon hasn't provided any images of just yet - also powers the DB6's existing electrical systems. Its power is managed via a discreet screen inside the vehicle.

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Aston Martin was coy on additional details, but said the cassette is the flawless solution for drivers seeking a future-proof upgrade that is socially responsible and completely reversible.

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, further explained the logic behind the Heritage EV.

As it stands, emissions regulations are already tightening in many city centres.

You may think, "Well, it's a little early for this sort of thing - gasoline isn't $20 a gallon yet, and it doesn't require some special environmental exemption to put it into a vehicle". Speaking of the latter, owners can have the original powertrain reinstalled with relative ease as the conversion doesn't require major modifications. "I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field".

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