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The Aston Rapide E is coming in 2019
Aston Martin’s first all-electric car is coming. It’s going to be called the Rapide E, and from 2019 will be built at the company’s new facility in St Athan, Wales.
CEO Dr. Andy Palmer says the Rapide E will “spearhead development of Aston Martin’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy”, which includes the relaunch of the Lagonda brand as “the world’s first luxury marque exclusively driven by zero emission powertrain technologies”.
Last summer Aston confirmed it would build 155 electric Rapides using tech from Williams Advanced Engineering. Range, performance, price and so-on are yet to be revealed.
Aston says the former Ministry of Defence site at St Athan, in which it’s investing £50billion (Rs 47,200 crore), will be its “centre for electrification”, and be where its range of Lagonda EVs are produced after the name is revived in 2021. More than 150 people have already been recruited to work at the plant, with 750 more to come over the next few years.
More to come on both the factory and the Rapide E as we have it…