The development of electric version of the Rapide sport sedan has earned Aston Martin a lot of lessons. The marque is currently applying the lessons it get to the realm of antique vehicles so as to suggest fans an emission-free substitute to internal combustions.
The vital part of the EV powertrain is what the British automaker calls an EV cassette. It’s none other than a battery unit that’s put together to the body through the original engine and gearbox housing, which means that welding or cutting anything below the sheet metal is unnecessary. The battery turns on the electric motor via cables, identical to how the current electric vehicles work. Aston Martin also incorporates display to the interior to let the driver keep tabs on the power management during driving.
To show its capability, the company mounts its EV powertrain into a 1970 DB6 MKII Volante. It appears entirely stock — it even retains its tailpipes despite the fact that they’re no longer needed. Aston Martin doesn’t explain how the conversion to EV influences handling and performance; it also hasn’t revealed technical specs. The EV cassette is expected to be a substitute for the internal combustion unit that won’t add nor reduce weight. It will bring a faster acceleration, and go with the original vehicle’s maximum velocity of 120mph.
Aston Martin wants to offer an exceptional driving experience by turning its classic car into an all-electric machine that will undoubtedly be very captivating to numerous owners, particularly those who live in central cities. The automaker also forecasts collectors puting in a new aspect to their collection by ordering electric-converted classic cars.
According to Aston Martin, the EV conversion is reversible, so the car can be returned to its original setup in case the owner has a change of mind. Aston claimed it’s the first automaker to offer a reversible EV conversion, but that’s not completely correct. In fact, the Jaguar E-Type Zero that was debuted in 2017 can regain its internal combustion engine, too.
Heritage car fans who want to go electric can commission the conversion starting next year. All of the work will be performed in-house, so owners will most probably need to bring their vehicle to Aston’s HQs. There’s still no information about pricing, but the EV powertrain is reportedly intended to swap the six-cylinder engine in a various Astons such as the DB4, DB5, DB6, and DBS.
Customers who prefer to own a more up-to-date Aston Martin electric car will want to look forward to buy one of the 150 units of the Rapide E super sedan.