OCT 21st 2015

Aston Martin Goes Electric ‑ With A Bit of Help From The Chinese

If James Bond ever goes green Aston Martin has just the car for him. It was unveiled in London today – and is as far away as you can get from 007’s fast, noisy and flame-spitting new DB10 (that’s next week’s news – ed).

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This new Aston is quiet, smooth and spits out nothing at all – plus it has room for Q and a brace of Moneypennys. It’s a fully electric, zero emissions concept version of Aston’s four-door Rapide, badged with admirable logic as RapidE.

And in a twist worthy of a 007 plot if it gets built it will do so with money from… China. Whether or not it would be able to plug into the electricity generated by a Chinese-funded new nuclear power station is a moot point…

Aston Martin RapidE

The Aston Martin RapidE is making its debut outside Lancaster House in London where Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet with China’s president Xi Jinping, currently in the UK on a state visit.

The car’s production potential is being explored by Aston Martin and its Chinese partner on the project, ChinaEquity. The RapidE would be made at Aston HQ at Gaydon and, says the firm, could be in the showrooms within two years.

Aston Martin RapidE

The concept has been developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, the increasingly prolific engineering consultancy arm of the F1 team – and itself responsible for the special Jaguar in the new Bond movie, Spectre, which has its premiere next Monday.

No tech details are available but the concept RapidE is more than just a static display vehicle – you can see it moving off under its electric power (complete with birds twittering in the background…) in the video above.

Aston Martin RapidE

Aston Martin has hinted at electric and hybrid vehicles before with its DBX crossover concept shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Aston CEO Andy Palmer – with a track record of zero emissions vehicles from former employer Nissan – said: ‘We see luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of our future product portfolio.’

So what chance an electrified Bondmobile in two years’ time? Just think of the gadgets it could have…

Photography courtesy of Aston Martin

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