Aston Martin first showed the all-electric version of its four-door Rapide grand tourer back in 2015. At that time it was just a concept called the Rapide AMR, but now it’s making the move to prime time for the 2019 model year. The RapidE will be the first Aston Martin to completely ditch an internal combustion engine, and will be manufactured in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering which also worked on the concept.
Details on the RapidE are still under wraps, though Aston Martin says the instantaneous power delivery afforded by electric motors will provide a driving experience that will be unique to Aston Martin customers. Since this is the first all-electric Aston, we’ll assume that means more than just a motoring experience devoid of a V8 or V12 soundtrack. What is known is that the manufacturer will only build 155 cars all total, so this first step away from internal combustion power will be a very limited one.
“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,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “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.”
Given Tesla’s ascension in the world of all-electric luxury motoring, it’s a good bet that Aston Martin will at least be looking to the brand as a benchmark for range and performance. However, with such a limited production run, other niche electric automakers such as Nio might also be in Aston’s crosshairs. Whether the manufacturer opts for a mild electric grand tourer or a wild four-door with hypercar performance, additional details likely won’t surface until sometime next year at the earliest.
Source: Aston Martin
Gallery: 2019 Aston Martin RapidE
ASTON MARTIN CONFIRMS PRODUCTION OF FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC MODEL
Aston Martin confirms production of RapidE - the brand’s first all-electric model
Williams Advanced Engineering confirmed as lead engineering partner
RapidE will be based on the Rapide AMR
Limited build run of 155 cars with production set for 2019
27 June 2017, Gaydon: Less than two years after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin is today confirming that the all-electric RapidE 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. Thhe 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 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.”
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. For today’s car manufacturers, this is particularly important as legislation demands 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.”