Electric Aston Martin cars that are fit for a future king
THE latest move from Aston Martin is enough to bring a tear to Prince Charles's eye.
The presumptive next King of England has a penchant for classic British cars that have been converted into electric vehicles - such as the Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, the reworked 1960s machine driven away by newlyweds Harry and Meghan, that is, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And now Aston Martin owners have the same opportunity to future proof their classic vehicles for the electric age.
Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer believes that the conversions can give owners peace of mind that they can drive their vehicles long into the future without fear of emissions restrictions.
"We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come," says Palmer.
"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," he says.
Aston Martin Works is leading the conversion operations. Chief Paul Spires says: "We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars,.
"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."
The technology that Aston Martin will install is unique in keeping the original engine and gearbox - owners can remove the electric drive at any time.
Fitted atop the engine and transmission mounts, the electric drive "cassette" powers the car and all its electricals.
The only interior change is the addition of a screen to view power management figures.
A 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante is the first vehicle to have the work done.