British company Lunaz Design specializes in converting classic cars to run on electric power, and its latest endeavour involving the Aston Martin DB6 is led by sustainability. The EV DB6 concept features a proprietary modular electric powertrain with a battery capacity ranging from 80kWh to 120kWh, fast-charging capability and regenerative braking systems, providing a 255-mile range and 375bhp.
In the pursuit of “sustainable luxury”, Lunaz Design incorporated various innovative and eco-friendly materials. The dashboard and gear shifter veneer are crafted from discarded egg and nut shells mixed with an organic, biodegradable binder. The piping on the headlining, seat and door cards resembles leather but is made from apple pomace, a by-product of cider, juice and compote production.
The seat upholstery uses recycled cotton without per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs), known as ‘forever chemicals,’ for a more environmentally friendly solution. The cabin and trunk-floor carpets are made from regenerated nylon sourced from recycled waste materials like fishing nets and discarded carpets.
According Lunaz Design, even the limited amount of leather in the cabin is deemed the “world’s lowest-carbon leather”, with manufacturing emissions 30-50% below the industry standard, as the leather used is a by-product of the meat industry and entirely biodegradable.
While this Aston Martin DB6 concept is currently a design study, Lunaz Design founder David Lorenz has noted customer interest in sustainable alternatives for leathers and veneers and expressed his excitement about creating authentic and luxurious interiors with minimal environmental impact: “These are very exciting times for us, our clients and our industry.”