Aston Martin Rapide E details revealed

Doris Richards
September 13, 2018

Following Aston Martin's announcement of its 'centre for electrification' in sunny Wales, it's now unveiled details of its first fully electric auto - the Rapide E.

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.

One of the most exciting electric models now in development is the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide E, and the British supercar manufacturer has just released new details of what to expect from its first fully-electric luxury sedan. Top speed is projected to be 155 mph (250 km/h), standstill to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) will be under the four second mark and 50 to 70 mph (60 - 112 km/h) will take 1.5 seconds - whether the batteries are at full capacity or not.

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. Customer deliveries, limited to 155 in number, will start at the end of 2019. "Our offer will have very credible acceleration - equal to a petrol Aston Martin - but you'll be able to drive the auto rapidly all the way around the Nurburgring without it derating or conking out on you". However, the car's 800V high-voltage battery system enables faster charging of 49908km of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher.

The vehicle will also be able to reach a top speed of 155mph and be able to race from 0-60mph in under 4.0 seconds and from 50-70mph in 1.5 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. This will bestow it with "the ability to cope with the daily demands of repeated hard acceleration and braking" or allow it to complete a full lap of the aforementioned circuit with "absolutely no derating of the battery".

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

The Rapide E's weight differences are taken into account by the suspension, which uses altered damping and spring rates to make handling similar to that of the gasoline-powered Rapide. 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.

"As our first all-electric production model, the Rapide E will fast-track our knowledge and help us ensure the character and high-performance capabilities of our future EV models and enhance the unique qualities found in all Aston Martins as we know them today".

Aston will furnish its new EV with special, low-rolling-resistance Pirelli P Zero tyres, and low-drag wheels for even more efficiency. Aston Martin is accepting expressions of interest via its global dealership network, with pricing available on application.

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