Aston Martin confirms production of first all-electric model
Only less than two years after first being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirmed that its all-electric RapidE will soon become a tangible reality as it enters production in 2019.
Set for a limited run of 155 cars, the RapidE will be Aston Martin’s very first all-electric model. As such, it’s the British brand’s maiden voyage into creating more environmentally friendly modes of transport, and thus the perfect car for the modern day James Bond who cares about carbon emissions just as much as his actual missions.
The imminent production of the RapidE is the first stage of the brand’s ‘Second Century Plan’ – a strategy created by Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, with the intent to develop a greater range of low and zero-emission vehicles without compromising on the brand’s luxury ethos.
The RapidE might be an entirely new breed in of itself, but it’s certainly got an impressive pedigree. In fact, the engine experts over at Williams Advanced Engineering have already confirmed themselves as the lead engineering partner, promising to deliver an environmentally friendly car that is just as powerful and efficient as Aston Martin’s excellent non-Electric models.
With a design based upon the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, the RapidE will also deliver a familiar four-door sports car aesthetic. The primary difference of course being that it will be powered by an all-electric powertrain rather than the standard six-litre V12 engine.
Announcing last week that orders will be open for the RapidE within the next month, the starting price will be around Dhs955,000.