The all-elec­tric As­ton Martin

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ENDA MULLEN Busi­ness Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­

AS­TON Martin has an­nounced it is to pro­duce its first all-elec­tric car - a zero emis­sion ver­sion of its largest and most lux­u­ri­ous model, the four-seater Rapid.

The RapidE will go into pro­duc­tion in 2019 and will see the War­wick­shire car maker part­ner­ing with Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing to de­liver the am­bi­tious project.

As­ton Martin, which has fac­to­ries in Gay­don and south Wales, has re­mained tight-lipped about where the RapidE will be man­u­fac­tured, other than to con­firm it will be built in the UK.

The an­nounce­ment comes two years af­ter As­ton Martin un­veiled the RapidE Con­cept, which sig­nalled its vi­sion to de­liver an elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

The new EV, based on the forth­com­ing Rapid AMR con­cept, rep­re­sents an im­por­tant part in the de­liv­ery of the car maker’s Sec­ond Cen­tury Plan out­lined by As­ton Martin’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, last year.

Part of that in­volves de­vel­op­ing a low and zero emis­sion strat­egy and the RapidE is the first step to­wards that.

Just 155 Rapi­deE mod­els will be pro­duced and the part­ner­ship with Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the two com­pa­nies work­ing to­gether on the con­cept EV.

Part of the Wil­liams Group, Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing is based in Grove, Ox­ford­shire, and of­fers ser­vices in en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy, op­er­a­tional per­for­mance, test­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing ser­vices across sev­eral in­dus­trial sec­tors.

Mr Palmer said: “Hav­ing un­veiled the RapidE Con­cept back in Oc­to­ber 2015 we reach an­other mile­stone with the con­fir­ma­tion that we are now putting the first al­l­elec­tric 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 ze­roe­mis­sion 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 added: “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 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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.