Electric Aston Martin Rapide To Launch By 2018

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

Aston Martin DBX Electric Concept

Aston Martin DBX Electric Concept

Former Nissan Chief Planning Officer, Andy Palmer, is now guiding Aston Martin towards electric cars.

As CEO of Aston Martin, Palmer has already made us aware that his electric car fondness continues, despite no longer being with the world’s electric car leader.

Aston Martin recently revealed the all electric DBX Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.ย  Now, there’s word that an electric Aston Martin Rapide will launch by 2018.

More specifically, Palmer says that in two to three years an electric Rapide is likely and he adds that Aston is in discussions with electric vehicle technologies companies at this very moment.ย  Palmer wouldn’t reveal who Aston is in talks with, but he did state:

โ€œWe are looking at technologies around the world, including some pretty cool technologies coming from Silicon Valley.”

However, Palmer made it clear that Tesla Motors is not one of the companies Aston is in talks with.

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Source: Wall Street Journal

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18 responses to "Electric Aston Martin Rapide To Launch By 2018"

  1. Airton says:

    So where’s the nose cone? Heck of a lot of grill for an EV.

    1. Brian says:

      No nosecone – it might start to resemble the Model S ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Anon says:

        *chuckle* Too late…

    2. Speculawyer says:

      Indeed. What a completely pointless drag creator. Get rid of that needless ugly grille.

      1. Mike777 says:

        Reduces performance like pickup trucks, to burn more gas.

        1. Speculawyer says:

          Pickup trucks at least have a point. I need a piece of plywood right now and wish I had easy access to a pickup. But it is pretty rare that I need one. I guess I’ll use ZIPcar or borrow a car/truck from a friend.

  2. Ford Prefect says:

    The design is so similar to the Tesla Model S that it might as well be the sports coupe version of the car.

    1. Anon says:

      Tesla borrows from the best. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. miggy says:

      The Aston Martin Rapide has been around long before the Tesla S which also looks like a Jag.
      Maybe counties that Tesla still refuses to sell to can buy the AM Rapide EV.

  3. DuhMan says:

    What- no supercharger capability? DOA!

    1. Anon says:

      If Aston struck a deal with Tesla to use the SC Network, that would really shake up the automotive industry. And breath some much needed life back into Aston…

      If this is the future of the Electric Car, I’m all for it!

      1. Daveman says:

        I agree… Being able to use Tesla’s SuperChargers would be awesome for a car like this.

        If the Aston Martin is a real EV and not yet-another-hybrid, it would be an excellent EV option. There’s plenty of market for great EV’s so not at all a threat to Tesla

    2. Speculawyer says:

      I wonder if some car company will break the unspoken agreement not to join with Tesla and sign an agreement to obtain access to the supercharger network in exchange for a fee for each car sold.

      That really would shake up the automotive world. Tesla really is the only company with a solid charging system.

      1. Londo Bell says:

        I would suggest that the technology/technologies mentioned may NOT be charging technology.

        It could be autonomous drive, something that Nissan has worked on, using its LEAF. In fact, Nissan has its technology center in the Silicon Valley for this technology, as AP knows himself.

        Or, with Google, for the same technology, or with Apple, for something even more advance down the line.

        Or simply, battery supplier, and there are quite a few of them there too.

        Just my 2ยข.

  4. Doug says:

    I feel bad that their design got robbed so hard with the model S. I say drop this, and if the model X is a success, they definitely need to steal the design and run with it.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      When you prioritize aerodynamics and fulfill the other requirements (such as 5 seats, ample crush space up front, bumper requirements, etc.) . . . the design space tends to converge such that all the cars will kinda look alike.

  5. Fritts says:

    Lovely looking car keeping up with tradition- I’ll take one in silver.

  6. Priusmaniac says:

    Putting a car on the market that is not able to charge at a Tesla supercharger is like putting a gasoline car on the market that can only be filled with a dropper.

    The supercharger has such an advance that it has become unavoidable like GPS for guidance.