Aston Martin has confirmed production of the RapidE, their first all-electric model. Based on the Rapide AMR (AMR is the new performance sub-brand of Aston Martin, which in Rapide terms means mainly a styling exercise with a small performance-enhancement package), the RapidE will be limited to 155 examples with production starting in 2019.
JUN 27th 2017
Aston Martin confirms the all‑electric RapidE is coming
The all-electric RapidE was shown as a concept in October 2015. Aston is working with partner Williams Advanced Engineering to build the production car, which will spearhead the necessary development of Aston Martin's low and zero-emissions policy laid out by Andy Palmer, CEO, in Aston's Second Century Plan, which the DB11 has played a significant part in.
While the RapidE "will deliver four-door sports car looks and the dynamics of the Rapide S", out goes the six-litre V12 engine and in comes an electric powertrain, details of which are not currently disclosed, although you can expect four-wheel-drive to cope with all that torque.
All the company will say is that "the instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors means the RapidE will offer a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin".
Andy Palmer said, "RapidE represents a sustainable future... 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 cat that stays true to our those and delights our customers."
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