The Aston Martin RapidE will enter production in 2019 as the brand’s first fully electric car.
The British automaker first previewed its all-electric model less than two years ago with a concept, and the production model will be based on the Aston Martin Rapide AMR. The all-electric model will be limited to 155 units and Williams Advanced Engineering has been confirmed to be the lead engineering partner on the car. Williams Advanced Engineering worked on the original RapidE Concept and will assist Aston Martin with the task of engineering integration.
Along with the released sketches, Aston Martin confirmed the all-electric RapidE will deliver four-door sports car looks and the dynamics of the Rapide S, all while being propelled by an all-electric powertrain replacing the 6.0-liter V12 engine. More information on the powertrain will be released at a later date.
“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,” said Aston Martin president and CEO, Andy Palmer. “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. 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.”
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