Revealed in London, the Aston Martin RapidE Concept offers an early look at a electric-powered version of the Aston Martin Rapide S sedan. Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer said this zero-emission exercise created with help from Williams Advanced Engineering "tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars." He noted that Aston Martin sees luxury EVs as an intrinsic part of the automaker's future portfolio. 

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Accompanying the reveal of the RapidE Concept was news that Chinese investment group, ChinaEquity would help underwrite a program to explore development of a production version of the RapidE Concept. If successful, the car would be built at Aston's global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and could be in showrooms roughly two years on. While initial sales would likely begin in China where the Rapide S is the most popular Aston Martin, the U.S. also is viewed as a potential market. 

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Aston revealed little in the way of formal technical detail about the RapidE Concept's powertrain at the reveal. However, we've been advised by sources that the running prototype is rear-drive fitted with two motors that develop roughly the same 552-horsepower as the existing Rapide S V12. Like today's FIA Formula E racers, the motors in the RapidE Concept are energized by an advanced lithium-ion battery pack developed by Williams. While its capacity is unknown, the per-charge range is estimated at around 200 miles under "normal" operation. Our Aston sources also confirmed that a higher-performance variant of the RapidE is under consideration. This  variant would be an AWD model with a drive motor at each wheel and turn out a collective 800-1,000 horsepower.

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