aston martin electrifies classic cars with reversible EV concept

aston martin electrifies classic cars with reversible EV concept

with city legislation quite rightly pushing towards mobility of zero emissions, the use of classic cars in the future might, unfortunately, become even more rare than it already is. however, thanks to the aston martin ‘reversible EV powertrain concept’, vintage vehicles will be electrified with a so-called ‘cassette’ conversion. the system aims make authentic aston martins future-proof as well as make more socially responsible.

all images courtesy of aston martin



andy palmer, aston martin lagonda president and group chief executive officer, said of the heritage EV concept: ‘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.



developed by aston martin works, the radical idea finds a solution around possible future restrictions on classic car usage. the first car to receive the new technology is an original aston martin ‘DB6 MKII volante’, where the ‘cassette’ sits on the engine and gearbox mountings. enclosed within its own self-containing cell, umbilical cords from the unit then power the car’s electrical systems.




project info:


manufacturer: aston martin

product: reversible EV concept

model example: DB6 MKII volante

  • This is really interesting, I have a Classic Mini and at some point in time this may be an eventuality that I may have to face. Hoping that costs come down to a realistic level for the general enthusiast to retrofit rather than park it in the backyard.

    andy says:
  • The description of how they’re achieving this leaves me wanting …”with a so-called ‘cassette’ conversion”

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • Your Mother “Nature” would approve! Once the new generation of graphene batteries and solar panels is perfected and established retrofitting will become available as a “kit conversion”. Not unlike present day “Prius” engine mechanicals being retrofitted into older diesel powered watercraft,
    which also have surface area suitable for contemporary solar panel recharging systems. Bye bye Fossil Fuels, Hello to healing Mother Nature!

    Robert Hubany says:

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