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Aston Martin's 602-HP Electric Rapide E Will Arrive Next Year

Aston Martin Rapide E battery development Aston Martin Rapide E battery development
Cecil Davis | 13 September, 2018, 17:11

Range per charge is expected to be over 200 miles (320 km) to WLTP standards - Aston is promising 185 miles worth of charge for every hour hooked up to a 400 V/50 kWh charger, but fast charging is also possible.

Aston Martin has given the teeniest of sneak peeks at its upcoming Rapide E electric vehicle.

Built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering - which made headlines most recently for its work on Singer's 'Dynamics and Lightweighting Study' - the Rapide E's twin electric motors will produce over 610hp and 700lb ft of torque.

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The battery - an 800V system rated at 65 kWh - is located under the Rapide's long hood, replacing the original 6-liter V12 engine, and sends its power to two electric motors.

On the go, the vehicle will be capable of reaching a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h), while the zero to sixty acceleration time is expected to be under four seconds. Instead the target is for maximum performance on-demand throughout majority of the battery state of charge window, as would be expected from a conventional internal combustion-engined vehicle.

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Just one image has been released showing the car's exterior, showing the brake calliper but Aston Martin says the car's exterior and underbody has also been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aerodynamic wheels.

Aston says it'll get up to 60mph in less than four seconds and will handle the famous Nürburgring circuit with "absolutely no derating" of the battery.

Aston is also aiming for the electric auto to " retain and enhance the feel, character, and delivery of the V12-engined Rapide S". As a career automotive engineer, I'm proud that the auto industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions.

It will come with Pirelli P Zero bespoke tyres which aim to deliver a lower rolling-resistance and reduced cavity noise but also being suitable for performance.

That would make it quite a bit quicker off the line than the Rapide E, but Aston CEO Andy Palmer says that outright speed isn't the Rapide's focus. As Aston Martin's CEO, I take particular satisfaction working with Williams Advanced Engineering and our other associated technology partners to bring Rapide E to reality. 'Rapide E will also serve as a critical step on our path to re-launching Lagonda as the world's first zero-emission luxury marque'. Aston is making just 155 examples of this vehicle when production starts in the fourth quarter of 2019, and history suggests that they'll all be sold before a single unit hits the streets. Aston Martin is accepting expressions of interest via its global dealership network, with pricing available on application.