Introducing the first all-electric Rapide E of Aston Martin

Aston Martin Rapid E

Aston Martin Rapid E

Aston Martin has announced its first all-electric vehicle, the Rapide E, at the Shanghai Auto Show. The Rapide E design is based on the existing Aston Martin Rapide saloon, and although it’s ready to go into production, only 155 Rapide E will be made.

Rapide E will be powered by an 800-volt battery system with 65 kilowatt-hour capacity. (pretty sure that Aston Martin is the first luxury car company to launch an 800-volt system.)

The car has a range of over 200 miles in tests, and Aston Martin claims Rapide E charge at 185 miles per hour using a standard 400V 50kW charger, or 310 miles per hour with a fast-charging 800V way out delivering 100kW or higher. That’s not quite as swift as Tesla’s Supercharger 3.0, but still magnificant.

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 Rapide E Charge

Rapide E Charge

The goal of this Rapide E project — one that has been years in the making — is to build an electric vehicle that could deliver those V12-engined Rapide S feels.

The company said engineers paid particular attention to the tuning and development of the electric Powertrain, which Williams Advanced Engineering worked on, the skeleton and software integration.

Aston Martin Rapide E Speed

The vehicle can rise up to speed of 155 mph and, according to Aston Martin, the Rapide E could go from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds. Seemingly, the car can be recharged fairly fast as well: when plugged into a high-speed charger, the battery can charge at a rate of 310 miles per hour.

Aston Martin highlighted that drivers will be able to hit these performance targets despite of how full the battery is.

The objective, the company said, is for the Rapide E to drive a full lap of the famous Nürburgring “with absolutely no derating of the battery and the capability to manage with the daily demands of repeated hard acceleration and braking.”

Customer deliveries of Aston Martin’s Rapide E will be from fourth quarter of 2019.

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Rapide E Wheels
Rapide E Wheels

The Aston Martin’s Rapide E is a span of sorts in Aston Martin’s electric future. The Rapide E and the revived Lagonda brand will be built in the forthcoming St. Athan production facility in the U.K. Lagonda will be Aston Martin’s electric brand, with production emerging in 2021.

Money no object?

Inside, the Rapide E delivers a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch touchscreen with support for Android Auto and Apple Car Play for infotainment – all surrounded by “carbon fibre“.

There is also a smartphone app that lets the handful of car owners to monitor its range, time to charge and battery status.

The app also shows where the car is parked and provide walking directions (in the doubtful event that you’re the type of person who would forget where you left your Aston Martin).

Rapide E Price

Aston Martin doesn’t publicize the price of the Rapide E, saying pricing is available once customers have applied. The company before said it would be priced around $255,000.

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