Aston Martin DBX – Live Images + Videos From 2015 Geneva Motor Show


Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

The all-electric Aston Martin DBX was the surprise plug-in star of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Though details are sparse, seeing Aston Martin head in the electric direction under the leadership of electric car supporter Andy Palmer (formerly a lead man at Nissan) suggests that electrification will soon hit all brands.

The DBX is a pure-electric, all-wheel-drive concept that resembles a a sleek, muscular car, yet has the added ground clearance of a CUV.

Aston says that the DBX presents its vision of what the luxury GT segment will look like down the road.

Some additional DBX details include:

Embracing the very latest engineering techniques and theories, the DBX Concept needs no engine compartment thanks to its use of electric, inboard-of-wheel, motors powered by lithium sulphur cells.

Drive-by-wire electric steering, toughened glass with an auto-dimming ‘smart glass’ inter-layer, and bespoke driver and passenger head-up displays are further examples of its cutting edge technology.

Active LED exterior lights, carbon ceramic brakes with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and rear view cameras in place of conventional mirrors also underline the mould-breaking nature of this luxury GT concept.

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin DBX

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Hmmm, wonder if this will be in SPECTRE? Probably too much to ask for.

Golly, it has a FRUNK! 😀


Are “Kinetic Energy Recovery” brake simply a fancy name for regen brakes?
And brief googling doesn’t revel any actual specs for the car whatsoever… Neither general ones like performance nor BEV-specific ones like range or battery capacity. There are only two technical details mentioned: “4 inboard motors” (presumably meaning in-wheel) and Lithium-sulphur battery.

Absent any of that, this doesn’t even count as concept car — it’s a styling exercise.

At that, I personally I don’t like the styling. It looks too busy for a visually-comfortable environment, and nubuck leather on everything (includsing the pedals, apparently!) is silly — very hard to keep clean over time.

Try to google keyword, KERS. Kinetick energy recovery system means in this case that braking energy can be harnessed more efficiently.

Batteries cannot store high power braking, but e.g. with Tesla maximum regen braking power is around 60 kW. Kers can utilize nearly all braking power and store it into e.g. flywheel. Also Tesla’s regen braking is cut at speeds below 24 km/h, because electric motor can no longer generate electricity. Flywheel system can apply regen braking up to zero.

Basically KERS is improved version of regen braking and with KERS it is possible to store the actual braking energy more efficiently. It is not just “engine braking”.

Thanks for the info! Flywheel-based regen is interesting.
None of the sites I found covering the DBX intro actually bothered trying to explain it, so I concluded it was probably a fluffy PR term.

I knew that a lot of groups are trying to develop lithium-sulfur batteries, but this is the first time I’ve read of even an experimental (or “concept”) car powered by them. Perhaps the R&D on lithium-sulfur has progressed further than I realized? Or perhaps this isn’t really a drivable car.

I have it on good authority that we won’t see Li-S batteries in EVs for another 10 years. I’d bet on Li-ion batteries with enhancements first – such as solid electrolytes.

Not very pretty when the number plate goes on, somewhere!