Aston Martin to launch first electric model in 2019
Aston Martin has confirmed production of its first all-electric model, due to hit the roads in 2019 in a limited build run of 155 cars.
Based on the forthcoming Rapide AMR concept, the RapidE follows on from the original RapidE Concept unveiled some two years ago and, as with the concept, is part of a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering.
Aston Martin has not revealed details of the powertrain but CEO Andy Palmer emphasised that conventional engines will remain a part of the carmaker’s plans.
Palmer added: “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.”