All-electric Aston Martin RapidE confirmed for 2019 release
The all-electric Aston Martin RapidE has been confirmed for production in 2019 with the initial roll-out limited to 155 vehicles.
PART OF Aston Martin’s Second Century plan, confirmation of the all-electric RapidE entering production in 2019 is just two years after it was shown off as a concept. According to Aston Martin, the RapidE will spearhead the brand’s push into low- and zero-emission vehicle production. The RapidE will be based on the Rapide AMR concept.
In a statement, Aston Martin said, “RapidE sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering who worked on the original RapidE Concept. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, Williams Advanced Engineering will assist Aston Martin with the complex task of engineering integration”.
The RapidE will be a four-door with the dynamics of the Rapide S with an electric powertrain replacing that vehicle’s V12 engine. “The instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors means the RapidE will offer a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin,” Aston Martin said.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the RapidE: “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. The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century, and will continue to be for years to come. 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.”