RapidE concept now going into production, in limited run of 155 cars
Luxury sports car maker Aston Martin has confirmed its first full electric vehicle will be produced in 2019.
Around two years after being unveiled as a concept, the all-electric RapidE will be made available to buyers – albeit in a still-exclusive production run of just 155 vehicles.
Based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, the RapidE is a four-door sports car with the stylings of the company’s Rapide S, and all-electric powertrain which replaces the six-litre V12 engine.
In 2015, the RapidE was to have 800-1,000bhp, four electric motors and a range of about 200 miles. “We’re going to need the traction of all four wheels to deal with the torque,” said CEO Andy Palmer at the time. That would carry a pricetag of about GBP200,000. How much of this is still accurate, we couldn’t say, however with the advances in battery power, we might hope for slightly longer range (albeit still lowered somewhat by those four motors).
To build the powertrain, the company will be employing Oxfordshire-based Williams Advanced Engineering as lead engineering partner – the same firm that helped developed the original 2015 concept.
For now that’s all that has been confirmed, with the company saying it will reveal more information about the powertrain “in due course.” The company is however suitably bombastic about the “instantaneous delivery” of power and its ability to provide “a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin.”
President and CEO, Andy Palmer, added in a statement that: “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.”
We’ll keep you posted as we know more.