The automaker learned a great deal about handling electric powertrains with the production of the Rapide sedan due in 2019. They're now applying it to their classic car department to produce a single, self-contained unit that tuners and modders can install on the original engine and gearbox mountings.
The pack, referred to as the "cassette," will contain a battery, motor, and electric control unit. It will connect to the car's electrical system and display all important information to a small interior screen. Specs and pricing haven't been announced at this time.
The first proof of concept was installed in the DB6 MkII Volante, but it should work on a variety of classic vehicles. Customers can order the conversion, which will be done by Aston Martin Works in their Newport Pagnell plant. It'll be offered sometime next year as part of their Heritage EV banner.
One of the inspirations behind this service is to support classic cars in an emmissions-free future. A number of cities in the United States have already announced plans to weed out non-electric vehicles in the future. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer explained that they want to keep classic cars safe from these issues.
“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.”
It probably won't have the same roar a combustion engine offers, but it's good to see that cars of any age will have a viable means of staying modern.