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Kez Casey | Oct, 22 2015 | 1 Comment

Overnight Aston Martin has revealed what could become its all-electric competitor to the Tesla Model S, in the shape of the RapidE EV concept.

Revealed at London’s Lancaster House, as part of a meeting between Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and Prince William.

The RapidE concept wears the same bodywork as a regular Rapide S, with a powertrain developed in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Williams group responsible for Formula 1 and Formula E race cars.

“The exciting RapidE concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars.” Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin said.

During the Lancaster House event, Chinese investment group ChinaEquity announced an agreement with Aston Martin to explore the development of a production version of the RapidE EV.

If a successful arrangement can be met, Aston Martin’s Gaydon production facility should start rolling out a production version of the RapidE in around two years time.

“We are excited to participate in the development of the RapidE and to make a contribution to Sino-British clean energy and green environmental strategy.” ChinaEquity chairman, Chaoyong Wang, said.

“We feel confident that there are significant opportunities for electric cars in China and the world."

The conversion to electric vehicle sees the 410kW V12 of the regular Rapide S ditched in favour of an unspecified electric drivetrain, with range and output yet to be confirmed by Aston Martin.

In the brief video at the top of the page, the RapidE can be seen silently rolling out of the company’s Gaydon headquarters.

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