If you love classic cars but worry about their impact on the environment, Aston Martin may have the perfect solution for you. The British luxury car manufacturer has figured out a way for you to enjoy its older vehicles without polluting the environment. Aston Martin is launching its Heritage EV program to convert classic cars to electric systems.
What the Heritage EV program promises
Aston Martin’s new program promises reversible electric vehicle (EV) powertrain conversion for classic cars. The goal of the Heritage EV program is to take older vehicles that have gas engines and convert them, so they make zero emissions. Owners of classic Aston Martin cars can choose to voluntarily participate in the program and make their cars completely electric. The manufacturer is using components from its Rapide E all-electric sports car, which is Aston Martin’s first EV, to do these conversions.
1970 DB6 MkII Volante
The 1970 DB6 MkII Volante was Aston Martin’s first test vehicle in the Heritage EV program. The manufacturer changed the classic car by installing an EV cassette. The cassette included all the electric components and replaced the original engine. In addition, the company added a small screen, so drivers could control the EV powertrain. Instead of the gas tank cap, the vehicle received a new charging port.
To preserve the look of the classic car, Aston Martin didn’t make any significant changes to the car’s exterior. And it made the EV powertrain screen small, so it wouldn’t stand out too much in the interior. The goal was to preserve as much of the original vehicle as possible and to minimize the visibility of any changes for drivers.
Fears over future legislation
Concerns about the environment were not the only motivation for Aston Martin. The classic car company is also worried about future legislation that may ban all combustion engine vehicles from the road. A potential new law could force both classic and modern car owners to switch to all-electric vehicles.
Nine countries have already expressed a desire to ban combustion engines, including China, France, and India. Individual cities, such as Mexico City and Athens, have also mentioned similar bans on cars. Although they haven’t passed any legislation, discussions have been widespread. Some have debated getting rid of all gas engines by 2025 or 2040. Others have proposed a gradual change of phasing out older vehicles.
Aston Martin’s program offers a way for classic car owners to continue driving their beloved vehicles in the future. However, it is difficult to predict how many would be willing to do the EV conversion. Some may refuse to make any changes because of concerns about losing the value of the car. Others may not want to change to EV because they prefer the gas engine and are used to it. Many collectors will probably avoid the EV change because they don’t care about driving the cars and keep them in the garage all the time.
The ability to convert classic cars so they make zero emissions will be useful in the future. A zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) does not produce any pollution or exhaust. It would eliminate carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, and other common car emissions. Consumer demand for zero-emission vehicles is growing, and Aston Martin’s program may become more popular in the future. Other car manufacturers may start to offer similar EV conversion programs to help owners adjust to a changing industry and market.