Rapide E production car
Rapide E production car

Rapide E production car

(2019)

Aston Martin are giving a whole two years advance notice that their first all-electric production model will be launched in 2019.

Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE, it spearheads development of the marques’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out by Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, in the company’s Second Century Plan.

Rapide E production car

Rapide E sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering who worked on the original RapidE Concept. Based in Grove near Wantage, Oxfordshire, Williams Advanced Engineering will assist Aston Martin with the complex task of engineering integration. They are an ideal partner as Williams already designs and assemble a battery system for the 42 cars that compete in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Based on the final version of the Rapide, the Rapide AMR, Rapide E will deliver four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain replacing the 5.9 litre V12 engine. More information will be revealed about the Rapide E’s all-electric powertrain in due course. The instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors means the Rapide E will offer a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin.

All 155 cars are scheduled to be buikt at the new Aston Martin facility at St Athan in South Wales. The new plant will become the home of all future electric Aston Martins and Lagondas.