- Here comes RapidE – the brand’s first all-electric car
- Williams Advanced Engineering is lead partner
- Limited run of 155 cars, production from 2019
GAYDON, England – Aston Martin has confirmed, less than two years after the car was unveiled as a concept, that the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019 with a limited production run of 155 cars.
The RapidE is Aston Martin’s first all-electric vehicle and, the automaker says, spearheads development of the brand’s low- and zero-emissions vehicle strategy laid out by company president and CEO Andy Palmer in the company’s Second Century Plan.
It will see a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, which worked on the original RapidE concept.
Williams Advanced Engineering will help Aston Martin with the complex task of engineering integration.
The RapidE will have the four-door sport-car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S with an electric powertrain replacing the six-litre V12 engine.
More information will be revealed about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain in due course but Aston Martin says the instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors mean the RapidE will be a unique driving experience never experienced in an Aston Martin.
Palmer said of the RapidE: “We have reached a milestone with the confirmation that we will put the first all-electric Aston Martin into production. It 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-emissions power train, but are enhanced by it.”
SHOWCASING THE VISION
He added: “The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century and will continue to be so for years to come.
“The RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change by delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.”
Paul McNamara, Williams Advanced Engineering’s technical director, told Carman’s Corner in a media release:
“We’ve always endeavoured to work with customers to meet their sustainability challenges and to find energy-efficient solutions. This is particularly important for today’s automakers as legislation demands more energy-efficient vehicles.
“This project with Aston Martin will draw on the extensive battery and electric vehicle experience we have accumulated and we are extremely pleased to be supporting this prestigious British company with their electrification strategy.”