Less than two years after it was unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirmed that their all-electric ‘RapidE’ – the first electric-powered model from the prestige carmaker - will enter production in 2019.
Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE is the first product of Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century Plan’, and will spearhead development of the brand’s low- and zero-emission future vehicle strategy.
Williams Advanced Engineering, who worked on the original RapidE Concept, will remain involved in bringing the production RapidE to market. More specifically, they will assist Aston Martin with engineering integration.
Based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, RapidE will deliver the four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S, but with an all-electric powertrain replacing the six-litre V12 engine.
Additonal information on the powertrain is yet to be revealed, but Aston martin says the instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors will see the RapidE offering a “unique driving experience” not experienced before in an Aston Martin.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “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.”
Confirming that internal combustion engines will still be integral to Aston Martin’s future, Palmer added: “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.
“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.”