It’s no secret that manufacturers are racing towards a common Earth saving goal; fully electric vehicles. Soon enough, the only thing that you’ll be able to drive on the road is a fully electric vehicle. But, there is a problem with that, albeit with an easy solution. What will happen to all of the cars running on fossil fuels? Instead of recycling or locking them away, why not convert them to EVs, which is how the EV Aston Martin DB6 came about.
Old Dog, New Tricks
The EV Aston Martin DB6 conversion, which will be done in-house by Aston Martin’s historic department, will become a reality in 2019. It uses components from the posh Rapide E, so we’re looking at some impressive specs.
Since this conversion is for an existing car, rather than a purpose built EV, the process involves a bit of head scratching. The EV Aston Martin will feature a self-contained EV cell fitted in place of the internal combustion engine and gearbox. The usage of factory mounting holes makes this a fully reversible conversion.
There are slight changes in the interior department as well. As the propulsion of the classy EV Aston Martin DB6 is now fully electric, it needs a controller. The brains of the new motor and gearbox will discretely settle down somewhere on the dash, with the only visible thing being the info screen.
The EV Aston Martin DB6 Doesn’t Care About Fuel
The idea of a ban on internal combustion engines is sad, but it’s bound to happen sooner or later. There’s just too much cars roaming around with gas and diesel tanks. No start-stop system can reduce emissions entirely. Classics certainly don’t follow the strict emission rules, so they’re first up for the ban. This is why the EV Aston Martin programme for their classic vehicles sounds so good.
While discussing about the conversion,the headman of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, said : “We’re 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.” I’m completely up for this idea because, first of all, we get to keep our beautiful cars on the road.
Will EV Conversions Catch On?
The fact that it’s reversible is spot on as it doesn’t affect the car’s value in any way. I can see this becoming a thing and would thoroughly enjoy seeing more manufacturers doing this to their classic models instead of developing so many new ones. Feel free to leave your thoughts on the subject.