Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

All you need to know about Aston Martin's first all-electric vehicle

All you need to know about Aston Martin's first all-electric vehicle

The first concrete details about the Aston Martin Rapide E and its powertrain have been revealed by the British sports auto maker.

Charging of the Rapide E can be done via a 400V system that allows 185 miles of range to be pumped into the battery every hour. Unlike the Taycan, which uses a skateboard-style battery layout, the Rapid E instead removes the Rapide's usual 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank - and replaces it with 5600 lithium-ion cylindrical cells and two rear-mounted electric motors.

It is the first all-electric production auto from the British auto manufacturer and will be strictly limited to a 155-unit run of vehicles.

Aston Martin did not say how much the vehicle weighs, but did mention that it used lightweight alloys and carbon composite materials to keep the weight within strict targets. It's good for 155mph, will crack 62mph from rest in under four seconds and sprints from 50-70mph in just 1.5 seconds. However, like the Porsche Taycan, Aston says the Rapide E can also charge at 800v, and that high-voltage battery system should up the charging rate to 310 miles or range an hour.

Being an Aston Martin, the Rapide E is being developed with a high-performance objective. 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. The company promises that the Rapide E can handle a full lap of Germany's famed Nürburgring circuit with "absolutely no derating" of the battery, and that it shouldn't suffer with frequent hard acceleration and braking.

In terms of the design, the Rapide E has some extra aerodynamic tricks, previewed by its specially designed wheels.

But Aston Martin also says, with the Rapide E, it has retained and even enhanced the feel, character and delivery of the V12-powered Rapide S. Aston is keeping the weight down through alloys and carbon composites, while it's refining the aerodynamics right down to the wheels (which wear low-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tires). As a career automotive engineer, I'm proud that the vehicle industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions.

Rapide E will be built at the upcoming St. Athan production facility, announced as the future "Home of Electrification" for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands. 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.

According to Aston Martin, the Rapide E will have a driving range of over 320 kilometres under the WLTP regime. Aston Martin is accepting expressions of interest via its global dealership network, with pricing available on application.

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