You could go all out and have a classic Aston converted to an EV, but could you live with yourself for forever ruining the history and heritage of a low-volume classic vehicle? To remedy this issue, Aston Martin Works has revealed its Heritage electrification concept, which is a reversible EV powertrain conversion.
Using lessons learned from development of an electric option for the Rapide sedan due in 2019, the Aston Martin Works classic vehicle department has developed a self-contained unit referred to as a "cassette" that sits on the original engine and gearbox mountings. This cell is created to be insulated from the rest of the auto, so that it does not require unneeded mechanical alterations, with umbilicals providing power to the car's electrical system, with the whole powertrain controlled by a small screen that is fitted to the interior. The EV systems sit on the original engine and gearbox mountings and is enclosed in its own cell. It also means the original drivetrain can be reinstalled, if the owner desires.
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II Volante. Components in this new system have reportedly been derived from Aston's efforts on its upcoming Rapide E electric sedan. When went on to say "Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage".
Conversion work will be performed by Aston Martin Works, the company's in-house arm dedicated to restoring, selling and maintaining past models produced by the automaker.
"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 centres", he continued. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.
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