Aston Martin’s First All-Electric Car To Arrive In 2019, But Limited To 155 Units

3 months ago by Mark Kane 4

Aston Martin RapidE

Aston Martin has confirmed production of its first all-electric model, although plans seems to changed a little bit as former partner LeEco has since fallen into some financial troubles.

Aston Martin RapidE

The first car is to now enter production in 2019, at least year later than initially planned two years ago when concept prototype was unveiled.

The RapidE will also be limited run of just 155 units.

Aston Martin intends to use the new Rapide AMR as a base for the all-electric version.

The new-old partner for the project is Williams Advanced Engineering, who worked on the original RapidE Concept.

Sketches of the RapidE look attractive, but we believe the price probably will not compared to what else is already on the market, or arriving around the same time; limited production runs from high-end labels tend to do that.

“Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE is Aston Martin’s first all-electric model. As such it spearheads development of the brand’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out by Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, in the company’s Second Century Plan.

RapidE sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering who worked on the original RapidE Concept. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, Williams Advanced Engineering will assist Aston Martin 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 powered by an all-electric powertrain replacing the six-litre V12 engine. More information will be revealed about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain in due course. Thhe 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 President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the RapidE:

“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.

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.”

Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering 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.”

Aston Martin RapidE

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4 responses to "Aston Martin’s First All-Electric Car To Arrive In 2019, But Limited To 155 Units"

  1. One says:

    Can’t wait for ‘ugh, it has a grille’ comments

  2. R.S says:

    155 isn’t too bad, considering the regular version was only sold 106 times last year.

    Still, more would be better. If they teamed up with Tesla on charging, they could maybe even sell as many electric as petrol versions.

  3. Gazz says:

    What will the trio at The Grand Tour say.

  4. suresh says:

    let me guess. lower range and acceleration than a model S and twice the price.

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