Aston Martin, a British luxury automaker, has announced that it intends to make the transition to all-electric vehicles in the near future. The automaker is known as the favorite ride for the agent 007 fictional James Bond and has developed a new EV strategy for the next 8 years.
Aston Martin expects to sell at least one fully electric car for every two sold by the end of 2030, according to the plans the company has so far divulged.
Tobias Moers, Chief Executive Officer at Aston Martin, said, “I would say a minimum of 50% of our sales will be electric, possibly more.”
Recently, Aston Martin began turning some of its models into electric cars. This also includes the DB6, widely used in movies as a James Bond car. Since it was initially unveiled in 1965, many consider the DB6 to be the embodiment of the British automotive style.
The DB5 and DB6 are now being adapted in the form of limited edition electric cars. Both are Bond cars in several films including the latest No Time To Die. A company called Lunaz is doing the work, essentially converting antique internal combustion engine (ICE) cars to battery-powered ones.
As a firm specializing in converting classy old British automobiles into EVs, Lunaz has established itself as a name. The vehicles they produce are built to a very high grade which matches the price category in which they have worked many of the classics.
“For women and men of tomorrow, electric cars are among the ways that you should drive,” said David Lorenz, the CEO, and founder of Lunaz, who has been specializing in the manufacture of vintage electrical cars, behind the wheel of the DB6 some time ago.
Their most recent endeavor is Aston Martin DB6, entirely electrified. Originally produced between 1965 and 1971, this car featured a straight-six of 4 liters with 282 horsepower but is now replaced by an electric motor with various battery packs of 80 kWh to 120 kWh, giving the vehicle a maximum range of 255 miles (410 km).
Besides batteries and compatible engines and powertrains, the electric DB5 and the DB6 will undergo various technical improvements. They’ll also have new air conditioning and an upgraded electronic infotainment system, in addition to new brakes, suspension, and steering. The Aston Martin DB5 and DB6 are predicted to have a range of more than 400 kilometers on a single charge after they are converted to electric mode.
Lunaz estimates the cost of a conversion to be $1 million before taxes (donor car included), and the company says it can also execute the same conversion on older DB4 and DB5 models, however, you will have to enquire about the pricing in their case.
As of now, orders for the electrified DB6 are being accepted by Lunaz, with the first deliveries scheduled for the third quarter of 2023.
This isn’t the first time Lunez has converted well-known internal combustion engine (ICE) cars to battery-powered electric car models. It’d done the same for several other iconic Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, and Bentley cars. Limited build slots for the Aston Martin DB4 and DB5 are also expected to be made available from the company in the near future.