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Aston DB6 MkII Volante classic vehicle converted into an all-electric powerhouse

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A battery-powered 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted as part of the company's Heritage EV Concept program					Handout Aston Martin

While the auto is just a concept, Aston Martin Works will begin offering heritage EV conversions in the near future.

The first classic auto to receive Aston Martin's "cassette" EV powertrain is the 1970 DB6 MkII Volante. The powertrain requires a small screen for power management, which Aston says is "discreetly" located inside the vehicle.

Aston Martin appears to understand that classic vehicle collectors are a finicky bunch, concerned with the "integrity" of the original auto, so this cassette system is fully removable if the owner wants the original powertrain back. Talk about going full circle.

Hilton's luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, has announced a four-year global partnership with Aston Martin. If every Aston Martin from the 20th century would be converted to run on electricity, how would the youngsters of the 2200s understand the aural qualities of the DB6 Volante?

The EV cassette is enclosed in a self-contained cell and mounted on the original engine and gearbox mountings.

A battery-powered 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted as part of the company’s Heritage EV Concept program
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Aston Martin
A battery-powered 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante converted as part of the company’s Heritage EV Concept program Handout Aston Martin

Using knowledge acquired by Aston Martin during the final phase development of the Rapide E and future planning of the all-new range of Lagondas, the Aston Martin Works' Heritage EV conversion employs state-of-the-art thinking and technology. Aston Martin Heritage EV Concept will offer bold and progressive solution to their future problems and its glorious past sustainable, bright and exciting. Overall, this EV "cassette" system is created to be minimally intrusive when it concerns the original hardware of the auto.

Waldorf Astoria will become Aston Martin Racing's official hotel partner, and will be offering VIP packages at some of the team's races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

It looks very much like Aston Martin is emulating Jaguar's lead.

"We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars". Given the success of the proof-of-concept build, the automaker said it should begin offering retrofits for customer cars in 2019.

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