Restrictions on fossil fueled cars have been growing stronger and stricter by the day, and for good reason. Car makers have to comply to government applied emission limits and they’re cashing in on the next best option, electric cars.
The biggest car makers on the planet have unveiled their e-car models and almost all have been well-received. Okay then, problem solved, right? Well, not really.
Owners of vintage cars have been concerned by the restrictions that are being put out and also about a possible future where fossil fueled cars might be banned altogether. So, how do you prevent years of vintage design and engineering from being limited to just be seen in museums? Aston Martin has the answer.
The Week reported that Aston Martin is planning to replace their engines in its vintage models with electric motors and batteries. The company is borrowing the idea from it’s yet-to-be-released RapidE electric car.
“We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come”, said company chief Andy Palmer.
The most unique and ingenious aspect about it, is the fact that the whole process can be reversed. Your electric battery can be replaced by the original engine as the electric battery and motor sits on top of the car’s original engine, so one can actually request the battery to be temporarily taken out.
The British car maker chose their 1970 DB6 MKII Volante model to demonstrate this new reversible conversion kit and the car looks exactly the same except for a charging port above the rear wheels.
Paul Spires, head of Aston Martin Works said “driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience and one that will no doubt be extremely attractive to many owners, especially those who live in city centres”.
“We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars”, he added.
This new invention comes as a boon for vintage car owners and lovers, as they can be carefree knowing that they’re driving an eco-friendly vehicle while looking absolutely bad-ass.
(Image Credit – Aston Martin)