Aston Martin confirms production of first electric vehicle
Warwickshire sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has confirmed it is to produce an all-electric version of one of its vehicles – less than two years after unveiling it as a concept.
The Gaydon firm has said the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019.
Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE is Aston Martin’s first all-electric model. As such it spearheads development of the brand’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out in the company’s Second Century Plan.
RapidE sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, which worked on the original RapidE Concept. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, Williams Advanced Engineering will assist Aston Martin with the complex task of engineering integration.
Based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, RapidE will offer four-door practicality with the dynamics of the Rapide S all-electric powertrain replacing the six-litre V12 engine.
The company said the instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors meant the RapidE would offer a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the RapidE: “Having unveiled the RapidE Concept back in October 2015 we reach another milestone with the confirmation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production.
“RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it. The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century, and will continue to be for years to come.
“RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.”
Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering said: “This project with Aston Martin will draw on the extensive battery and EV experience we have accumulated and we are extremely pleased to be supporting this prestigious British company with their future electrification strategy.”
There are no procing details yet for the new car.