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Aston Martin to produce limited-run RapidE electric-vehicle

Tuesday 27 June 2017, By Autovolo

Aston Martin to produce limited-run RapidE electric-vehicle

Aston Martin to produce limited-run RapidE electric-vehicle

Aston Martin has announced that it will put an all-electric model into production, based on the RapidE concept that debuted two years ago.

The British sports car manufacturer confirmed that a limited-run model will enter production in 2019.

It will look similar to the Rapide S saloon, but will make use of an electric powertrain as opposed to the company’s 6.0-litre V12.

Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin, 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.”

However, the traditional engine will not disappear from Aston Martin cars anytime soon, Palmer added. “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,” he said.

“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.”

Only 155 examples of the RapidE will be produced, with Aston Martin continuing its collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering – the company that co-developed the initial RapidE concept.

Paul McNamara, technical director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “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.”