Aston Martin, a company synonymous with roaring V8 and V12 performance cars, will enter the whisper-quiet world of electric vehicles from within the next two year, with confirmation the RapidE will reach production by 2019.
The brand’s first EV will only be offered as a strictly limited edition model when it does finally arrive, with numbers capped at 155 units
The RapidE is set to be co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, whose electrification expertise includes producing the battery packs used in Formula E racing, as well as having previously contributed to the Jaguar C-X75 range-extender concept car.
As shown in the first teaser illustration issued by Aston Martin the RapidE will be based on the forthcoming Rapide AMR, featuring the more aggressive and performance oriented styling of that as-yet unreleased model.
The RapidE will become the first model in Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer’s Second Century Plan which will see a growing range of low and zero emission vehicles added to the Aston Martin range, including a potential sports car.
Despite the added presence of electric vehicles in the range, Palmer insists the internal combustion engine still has a future in the brand’s cars.
"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," he said
"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."
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