Aston Martin confirm RapidE as their first all-electric model
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Less than two years after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirmed that 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.
The RapidE spearheads development of the brand’s low and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out by Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, in the company’s Second Century Plan.
Development, testing and production of the RapidE will continue under a collaboration agreement between Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering - the advanced technologies side of the Williams Formula 1 team - who worked on the original RapidE Concept.
"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," said Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Any Palmer.
Based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, Aston Martin say the RapidE will feature four-door sports car looks and the dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain, replacing the six-litre V12 engine.
"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,” said Palmer.
Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering said Williams Advanced Engineering has always endeavoured to work collaboratively with its customers to meet sustainability challenges and find energy efficient motoring solutions.
"For today’s car manufacturers, this is particularly important as legislation demands more energy efficient vehicles," said McNamara
"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.”
More information will be revealed about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain towards the end of the year.