Aston Martin has at last confirmed that their all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019. They have confirmed a limited production run of 155 models which spearheads development of Aston’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out by President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.
The RapidE is part of a continuation of work with Williams Advanced Engineering who worked on the original Concept for this new car. This collaboration has the complex task of engineering integration.
What can we expect? Well, according to Aston Martin the RapidE will deliver four-door sports car aesthetics with dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain which replaces the six-litre V12 engine, although they are making us wait for more information about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain! All we do know is the instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors means this model will offer a unique driving experience for Aston Martin enthusiasts.
Dr Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin, said “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.”
Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering, Paul McNamara, said: “Williams Advanced Engineering has always endeavoured to work collaboratively with its customers to meet their sustainability challenges and find energy efficient solutions. For today’s car manufacturers, this is particularly important as legislation demands more energy efficient vehicles. 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.”