Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

You won't wake the neighbours with this electric Aston Martin DB6

You won't wake the neighbours with this electric Aston Martin DB6

Given the continuing popularity of classic cars and the growing restrictions on emissions, Aston Martin is convinced this makes sense.

Aston Martin is taking a page from the Jaguar playbook and is offering up the ability to put an electric powertrain into a classic Aston Martin.

The electric DB6 is developed around a so-called cassette EV powertrain an has been developed to "mitigate any future legislation to restrict the use of classic cars by offering a zero emissions conversion".

Aston Martin has slotted the new system into a 1970 BD6 MkII Volante. 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 unit - which Gaydon hasn't provided any images of just yet - also powers the DB6's existing electrical systems.

Aston Martin is built on a rich history, so it'll be keen to make sure its classic cars aren't consigned to museum halls and climate-controlled garages.

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Palmer isn't the only motoring executive concerned about his heritage, as the world pushes to a cleaner, greener motoring landscape.

Enthusiastic fans have also turned Porsche 911s, Ford Mustangs, AC Cobras and Volkswagen Beetles to electric power, keen to blend their classic looks with properly modern underpinnings.

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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. Aston Martin Works has announced an official electric conversion program making the British marque, one of the first to do such work in-house. Heritage EV conversions are expected to start in 2019.

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