RapidE

V12 makes way for first electric Aston Martin

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Less than two years after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirming the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019.

Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE will be Aston Martin’s first all-electric model.

RapidE sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering which worked on the original RapidE Concept.

Located in Grove, Oxfordshire, Williams will assist with the complex task of engineering integration.

Based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, RapidE will deliver four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S, but powered by an all-electric powertrain instead of the 6.0-litre V12.

Aston Martin says it will reveal more information about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain in due course.

It says 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.

Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer said 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,” Palmer said.

“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.”

Williams’ 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.”