Auto Shanghai 2019 keeps delivering the automotive delicacies. Aston Martin is testing the water with its first all-electric production car, the EV version of the AM Rapide.
Word has been around since 2015 that Aston Martin has been working on the all-electric version of the Rapide. The British sports car manufacturer confirmed the name at 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show and that the Rapide E would go into production in St Athan, Wales, by the end of 2019. Prices are not known yet.
The Rapide E is basically a streamlined version of the commercially available Aston Martin Rapide, which replaced the V12 engine of the previous models with twin rear electric motors that can generate 604 hp or 700 foot-pound of torque.
The 800V-65 kWh battery system sits directly in the place of the fuel engine. The electrical systems can be charged ’rapidly’. Aston Martin promises that the vehicle will be capable of running up to 300 miles/480 km with only one hour charging on a regular basis. The current WLTP-rating of the vehicle is 200 miles/320 km.
Fast and furious, an clean
Unlikely other rivals, Astom Martin does not restrict the top speed of the vehicle; the E model has a rated top speed of 155 MP (248 km/h) and a 4,2 seconds 0-100 km/h acceleration time. The available driving mods are said to reproduce the driving experience of the petrol-engined models.
And what about sound-emulation?
Aston Martin didn’t build the EV-version of the Rapide to appease the masses but to convince skeptical petrol heads. With only 155 planned, Rapide E will likely remain a unique, highly prestigious luxury model. The probable reason behind its appearance that the boss sports car manufacturer wants to prove that it’s possible to build a real, exciting hot rod that runs solely on electric power.
As Aston Group CEO Dr. Andy Palmer put it on the Shanghai event :
’Unveiling the Rapide E will be a huge moment for Aston Martin. As our first all-electric production car, it is a truly historic step.’
Other upcoming luxury EVs are the Audi e-tron SUV and Porsche’s Taycan 2020. The latter is going to be launched in India first, March, 2020.