The first all-electric Aston Martin was finally exposed, almost four years after it was originally announced. Based on the current combustion engine Aston Martin Rapide sedan, the "Rapide E" officially debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show on Tuesday. Only 155 would do, and Aston Martin did not announce the price of the car.
Powered by a 800 volt battery, 65kWh, Aston Martin estimates that the Rapide E will be able to travel "over 200 km" on a single charge.The twin motors mounted on the rear axle will produce 450kW (or over 600 horsepower) and can get the car up to speed The top of 155 mph. It will happen quite quickly – Aston Martin says Rapide E will range from 0 to 60 miles per hour under four seconds (which is a faster marker than standard Rapide S internal combustion). When connected to a high-speed charger, the car's battery can be recharged at a rate of 310 mph.
The car will be equipped with a 10-inch digital behind the wheel, and an 8-inch display. On the center of the dashboard will handle the duties of the Infotainment (with physical buttons underneath it on the central console, echoing the layout of the latest Rapids). Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will support.
Outside, the Rapide E is mainly similar to the engine and the combustion engine is based on, except for some blue accents that power the headlights on the brake calipers. Under the hood is where things are most different. The battery system has been designed around the space where the V12 engine's combustion version, gearbox, and fuel tank usually go. This means Rapide E does not have a full floor of batteries like, for example, Tesla. While it cuts costs on engineering and design, it ultimately limits the number of battery cells (and the ultimate capability) that the automaker can fit into the car. In the end, the Rapide E weighs 4,717 pounds, which is about 400 pounds more than the internal combustion Rapide S.
Rapide E was announced in 2015, right around when Aston Martin was going through a big push for cutting costs that brought hundreds of layoffs. To get the Rapide E (then called only "RapidE") project off the ground, the British car manufacturer lined up funding from the Chinese capital. Then, in 2016, Aston Martin announced that it would build the car with a Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco – a company founded by Jia Yueting, who also Founded (and now running) is struggling to EV Faraday operating in the future.
Aston Martin's first electric car was supposed to hit the road in 2018 and be made up in larger quantities. But LeEco pulled out the joint venture in 2017 amid its own cash crisis. Aston Martin turned to engineering house Williams Formula 1 to help bring the car to the market, and reduced the scope of only 155 vehicles. (Williams also helped build the batteries for the first generation electric racecars of Formula A)
Rapide E will be built in the village of St-Affan in South Wales. It is also where Aston Martin plans to build all of Lagonda's electric vehicles, its recently resurrection brand dedicated to EVs. Aston Martin is calling the facility in St. Stephen's "Home of Electricity".