Aston Martin CEO Confirms 2017 Arrival Of 800 HP Rapide Electric Car
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer again hinted at future electrification plans for the British brand.
Within two years, so by late 2017, Aston Martin intends to introduce an all-electric Rapide. A few assumptions were made in Automotive News article:
- Rapide EV in 2017
- price range from $200,000 to $250,000
- all-wheel drive
- 800 hp
- some 200 miles of range
- batteries from established manufacturer (possibly LG Chem or Samsung, unlikely Panasonic)
- there is a test mule already on the road
Rapide EV will be the first electric Aston Martin, while the concept DBX needs to wait for its turn by around 2019.
For consolation, the DBX crossover coupe probably will be developed in three versions (plug-in hybrid, gasoline and electric).
Palmer believes that there will be enough demand for hundreds of Rapide EVs annually for customers looking for the legacy of Aston Martin.
Tesla Motors is selling over 50,000 Model S annually and we expect it will sell more in 2017, so the Rapide EV will not be direct competition, but rather something for consumers looking for a more unique car.
Source: Automotive News