To remedy this issue, Aston Martin Works has revealed its Heritage electrification concept, which is a reversible EV powertrain conversion. This cell is created to be insulated from the rest of the vehicle, so that it does not require unneeded mechanical alterations, with umbilicals providing power to the car's electrical system, with the whole powertrain controlled by a small screen that is fitted to the interior.
Aston Martin is built on a rich history, so it'll be keen to make sure its classic cars aren't consigned to museum halls and climate-controlled garages.
Aston Martin will use the same battery electric technology that will soon appear in their first all-electric model, the Rapide E. The power unit is self-contained meaning that the original combustion engine can easily be refitted at a later date should the owner so choose.
"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 Aston Martin head Andy Palmer. It proved so popular that Jaguar in August confirmed production plans for the conversion, which like Aston Martin's setup is fully reversible.
Given the historical significance of these collectors cars it's vital any EV conversion is sympathetic to the integrity of the original auto.
"We have been looking for some time to find a way of protecting our customers' long-term enjoyment of their cars", Spires said. "We also foresee collectors adding another dimension to their collection by commissioning EV-converted heritage cars".
With some major cities already introducing emission-free zones in congested areas, Aston Martin sees its Heritage EV program as a way to future proof its classic cars in a world where cars with emissions may be ruled off the road.
Aston Martin expects the first conversions to commence in 2019.