Aston Martin Reveals Electric DB6 Volante as Conceptual EV Conversion

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"Power management is operated via a dedicated screen, which is discreetly fitted to the car's interior", Aston Martin says.

The very first vehicle to received this treatment is a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MKII Volante, which was built by hand almost 50 years ago at Aston's old Newport Pagnell factory.

What the brand calls "umbilical cords" are then fed from the main power unit to drive the car's electrical systems.

According to the sports auto 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.

Borrowing much of the know-how and componentry from Aston's Rapide E program, the above DB6 features an EV "cassette" (battery) sitting under the bonnet within its own self-contained cell, but on top of the original engine and gearbox mounting points (they were for a 282-bhp 3,995-cc straight-six and ZF five-speed manual in the Volante's case).

Aston Martin is following Jaguar's lead with a reversible electric vehicle conversion for classic models, and the first to receive the treatment is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante.

The power control screen located "discretely" inside the cabin. So discretely you can't even see it here.

"We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come", Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive, was quoted in the company's news release.

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

Aston Martin has revealed a new package allowing owners to make their classics electric.

The company expects to begin offering conversions to customers in 2019. While there was no official word on the costs involved, we would confidently predict it to be a number with LOTS of zeros in it.

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