Aston Martin reveals first production-ready all-electric car

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Aston Martin Lagonda which has its headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire, has revealed the final production-ready iteration of its first all-electric production car, with the Rapide E making its world debut at China’s Auto Shanghai motor show.

The company says its Rapide E is a pivotal model for the luxury marque.

It is the first car to be built at Aston Martin’s new St Athan production facility in Wales – the brand’s Home of Electrification – Rapide E is the company’s first step towards achieving a wider electrification strategy and the successful fruition of Lagonda – the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand. A special edition with a production run strictly limited to 155 units, Rapide E has been developed in collaboration with Didcot, Oxfordshire-based Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).

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Inside and out, Rapide E is equipped with the materials and technology befitting of the marque’s first EV model. A 10” digital display now delivers all key information to the driver, including the battery’s state of charge, current motor power levels, regenerative performance and a real-time energy consumption meter. Carbon fibre has been deployed throughout, assisting in delivering the strict weight targets set by Aston Martin’s engineering.

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An app allows key information from the car to be remotely monitored. This powerful dashboard displays remaining range, battery status, and time to charge, as well as allowing navigation destinations to be sent from the app to the car for easy route planning. The car’s parking spot can also be seen via the app, with walking directions provided to help re-locate it in busy locations.

The Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery – encased in carbon fibre and Kevlar casing – with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. This bespoke battery pack lies where the original 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located, with the 800V system allowing for more efficient charging and greatly improved thermal characteristics over existing electrical architectures. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.Rapide E (7)

 

Rapide E’s range is over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851,2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. However, the car’s 800V high-voltage battery system enables faster charging of 3101,2 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher. For destination charging, the car also features a high-power AC on-board charger capable of recharging the battery in as little as 3 hours.

The Rapide E has a top speed of 155mph. This includes the ability to drive a full lap of the Nürburgring with no performance derating of the battery or the motors.

Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda, commented: “As our first all-electric production car, this is a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and car enthusiasts. That’s why it was so important to me that in embracing EV technology we should not let go of those unique qualities that define an Aston Martin. I believe Rapide E embodies that desire and paves the way for a hugely exciting future.”

The Rapide E is available to order.