Aston Martin full electric RapidE concept

Aston Martin full electric RapidE concept

Aston Martin announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with technology company LeEco (formerly LeTv), towards the creation of a partnership that will develop a production version of the electric RapidE.

The concept all-electric RapideE was unveiled several months ago, and Aston Martin intends to launch the production version in 2018.

Because Aston Martin is small carmaker, the British brand is gearing up for a strategic alliance, which include companies with Chinese roots: LeEco and Faraday Future.

We already saw connected technologies sourced from Letv at 2016 CES.

"It is anticipated that the partnership will see the two companies working together in developing and manufacturing RapidE, with potential for adding a range of next-generation connected electric vehicles on behalf of Aston Martin, LeEco and Faraday Future.

This new signing extends the existing collaboration between the two companies.  In January 2016, LeEco and Aston Martin revealed the first results of their partnership – an Aston Martin Rapide S incorporating the latest Letv Internet of the Vehicle (IOV) system. The second area of the partnership – the development of low-emission vehicle technologies – has been accelerated as they have developed their respective plans for launching a range of new electric vehicles during the second half of the decade."

Beside the Aston Martin RapidE, there could be other jointly developed plug-in models

"The first model developed by this partnership will be the Aston Martin RapidE. The Aston Martin RapidE concept was created to explore how the company can take an existing production vehicle and create an all-electric sports sedan. Since the creation of this concept vehicle, Aston Martin and Letv have been advancing the work on production feasibility including the identification of technology solutions for battery systems and powertrain. Both companies are now focused on bringing the RapidE to market in 2018 utilising the best technologies from the companies’ portfolios."

Aston Martin full electric RapidE concept

Aston Martin full electric RapidE concept

Commenting on the signing of the MOU, Mr. Ding Lei, co-founder and global vice chairman of SEE Plan, said:

“Signing of this MOU ushers a new phase of the collaborations between Aston Martin and LeEco. LeEco’s SEE Plan is dedicated to build electric, smart, connected and socialized cars. We have been targeting the highest standard in the auto industry in terms of design, R&D and manufacturing of our electric cars. We hope that, by strengthening collaborations with Aston Martin, our future models will provide premium qualities and delicate arts and crafts as good as those of Aston Martin.”

Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said:

“Aston Martin are dedicated to developing a range of cars with low emission technologies.  We have been encouraged by the project speed and technical depth shown by Letv in the development of the RapidE concept towards full production. Bringing the RapidE to market by 2018 is an important milestone for both companies. ”

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Aston Martin & LeTV at 2016 CES: