29/06/2017 – News / Aston Martin / UK / Electric / Environment / Williams Advanced Engineering
Aston Martin’s first all-electric model to hit roads in 2019
Less than two years after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirmed that its all-electric RapidE model will enter production in 2019.
Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE is Aston Martin’s first all-electric model. As such, it spearheads development of the brand’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 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.
Based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, RapidE will deliver four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain replacing the six-litre V12 engine. More information will be revealed about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain in due course.
Speaking from the company’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, in the UK, CEO Dr Andy Palmer described the confirmation that the first all-electric Aston Martin would be put into production as “another milestone” for the business. “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,” he remarked. “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.”
Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering said that his company “had always endeavoured to work collaboratively with its customers to meet their sustainability challenges and find energy efficient solutions” – a particularly important factor for today’s car manufacturers, given the tightened legislation and corresponding demand for more energy-efficient vehicles. “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,” he said.