The first all-electric Aston Martin will enter production in 2019 and only 155 of the RapidE will be made

 
Rebecca Smith
The car will have an all-electric powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering
The car will have an all-electric powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering (Source: Aston Martin)

Aston Martin has announced that its very first all-electric car, the RapidE, will enter production in 2019.

It is set for a limited run of just 155 cars, so anyone interested better think fast.

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The firm said the RapidE "spearheads development" of the luxury car giant's low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy, as set out by Aston Martin boss Dr Andy Palmer.

Here's how it'll look:


(Source: Aston Martin)

It will boast four-door sports car looks and the dynamics of the Rapide S, powered by an all-electric powertrain to replace the six-litre V12 engine, according to the company, with more details to come.

It's expected to deliver a range of more than 200 miles on one charge, and a 0 to 60mph time of around three seconds.

Aston Martin president and chief executive, Dr Andy Palmer, said:

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.

Last month, the British car giant announced a first-quarter profit for the first time in 10 years, and it has focused on "building sustainable profitability", with eyes on the electric car market.

in 2016, Aston Martin announced a tie-up with LeEco, a Chinese firm that backed electric car business Faraday Future. The partnership involved the firms working on developing the RapidE, "with potential for adding a range of next-generation connected electric vehicles".

So stay tuned...

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