Aston Martin RapidE EV Gets Green Light
Aston Martin confirmed production plans for the RapidE, the brand’s first all-electric model, with assembly slated to begin in 2019. The British automaker previewed a concept version of the car in October of 2015. According to Aston Martin president and CEO Andy Palmer, 155 units of the RapidE will be built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, which also had a hand in the development of the concept.
The RapidE will be based on the Rapide AMR concept, which is a high performance variant of Aston’s 4-door sports car. An all-electric powertrain replaces the V12 engine in the Rapide S, while retaining that model’s dynamic characteristics. Aston Martin said details on the configuration and output of the EV powertrain will be released at a later date.
“Having unveiled the RapidE Concept back in October 2015, we reach another milestone with the conformation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production,” Palmer said. “RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist along 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 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.”