No matter what, vintage cars will always hold a special place in our heart, even as we move towards clean, sustainable cars with forward-thinking designs (think Tesla). When you see them cruise past you, you can’t help but look on in marvel at these magnificent creations (despite some people casting a shadow about their carbon footprint). In only makes sense then that car manufacturers would take advantage of our sentimental longing by promoting electric versions of classics to modern consumers.
Aston Martin appears to be the latest in a long line of manufacturers to resurrect its classic models by revamping the DB6 MkII Volante. This is part of their Heritage EV project, which is inspired by the first all-electric Aston Martin – the Rapide E. The stunning 1970s DB6 is their showcase piece, sitting on a “cassette” EV powertrain that is part of the conversion packages the company is offering under this project.
Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, said, “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.”
According to the marque, this new system is managed by a discreet screen fitted to the car’s interior and the conversion process is completely reversible if you want to preserve the “integrity of the original car”. Aston Martin is doing this as part of their efforts to future-proof themselves as the impending importance of environmental responsibility grows.
Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, said, “I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”
The electrification project is being led by Aston Martin works at Newport Pagnell and is designed to overcome the future legislation that may be imposed on classic cars by providing a zero-emission solution. This option will be available to customers in the first quarter of this year, but pricing has currently not been announced to the public.