DB6 Volante EV

by Michael Satterfield

Aston Martin has made some of my favorite cars over the years, like this 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, which looks like it has been fully restored. It has been, but with one noticeable difference, instead of the amazing clatter of a 282hp DOHC straight-six, this car is the first to feature what Aston Martin calls a Heritage EV Conversion.

Developed by Aston Martin the project was developed around the "cassette" EV Powertrain that will allow owners to enjoy their classic for years to come. As more and more cities in Europe and Asia are banning internal combustion engines in cities, EV conversions may be the only way these classics can be enjoyed on the road.

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. 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.”

The conversion is fully reversible and the "cassette" is a self-contained cell that carries the electric powertrain and batteries which mounts to the factory drivetrain mounts. Power management is controlled via a discreetly integrated screen in the center console.

Paul Spires, President Aston Martin Works commented: “We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars. 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.

Aston Martin Works will be offering this service to customers starting in 2019.