Aston Martin has announced when its first electric car will enter production.
The RapidE, unveiled as a concept two years ago, will enter production in 2019 and just 155 cars will be made.
Aston Martin will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to create the car, which is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR and Rapide S. It will be powered by an all-eletric powertrain, rather than a six-litre V12 engine.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy 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 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.”
More information about the RapidE will be released by Aston Martin in due course.
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