Aston Martin to add EVs
Luxury car maker Aston Martin has confirmed plans to augment its gasoline-powered vehicles with new electric models. Aston CEO Andy Palmer told Automotive News that the first of these green machines will be an all-wheel-drive version of the Rapide S 4-door set to arrive within the next two years. It reportedly will have about 800 horsepower and be able to travel roughly 200 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack. Prototype versions of the Rapide EV are being developed.
Following the introduction of the Rapide EV, Palmer indicated Aston will make its second run down electric avenue with a production version of the DBX crossover coupe which debuted as a show car at the Geneva Auto Show. Although expected to launch as a plug-in hybrid and also offer conventional gasoline power, a battery-only DBX is due before the end of the decade. Although best known for its conventional V8- and V12-powered supercars, Aston Martin is looking to use the these alternative powertrains as part of a two-prong strategy to meet increasingly stringent emission and fuel economy requirements as well as stake out a piece of the lucrative premium EV segment dominated by Tesla.
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