Aston Martin confirms production of their 1st fully electric sedan, the RapidE, after unveiling its concept in 2015. Slated for production in 2019, only 155 of the RapidE will be available for order.
The release of the RapidE will confirm long-term development of the brand’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy and is based on the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer remarked, “The 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.”
The RapidE will deliver aerodynamically enhanced style with the same dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain.
RapidE sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering who worked on the original RapidE Concept. Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering said: “Williams Advanced Engineering has always endeavored to work collaboratively with its customers to meet their sustainability challenges and find energy efficient solutions. 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.”