Will classic cars be banned in the future to align with the government’s pledge to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars?
It’s a possibility. What’s also likely is that petrol and diesel fuels will become more expensive and less available as the switch to electric vehicles accelerates.
So can classic cars be converted to an electric powertrain? It might be the only option hence Aston Martin Lagonda, one of a handful of manufacturers with an active interest in its heritage cars, has developed a reversible EV (electric vehicle) powertrain conversion based on technology from its Rapide E programme.
The first car to receive the new EV powertrain is an original 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, which would have been originally hand-crafted at Newport Pagnell.
Sitting on the original engine and gearbox mountings, the electric powertrain ‘cassette’ is enclosed within its own self-contained cell. Umbilical cords from the power unit then feed the car’s electrical systems. Power management is operated via a dedicated screen, which is discreetly fitted to the car’s interior.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, 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. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”
It’s not just an idea either. Aston Martin Works will start to offer Heritage EV conversions to customer cars in 2019.