The all-electric Aston Martin
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.”