Back in 2015, Aston Martin debut a concept called the RapidE. It was an all-electric vehicles based off the Rapide S and was developed jointly with Williams Advanced Engineering. Fast forward to 2017, Aston Martin has confirmed production of the all-electric RapidE for 2019. The 2019 RapidE will be the first vehicle in the Aston Martin line to forgo of internal combustion and will once again be manufactured with Williams Advanced Engineering.
Aston Martin has yet to release details technical details on the RapidE. The British marque however does say “The instantaneous delivery characteristics of electric motors means the RapidE will offer a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin.” A different experience could be mainly due to it being void of a V8 or V12 soundtrack.
Unlike the concept in 2015, the RapidE set for production will be based on the more aggressive looking Rapide AMR show earlier this year. Aston Martin also says that only 155 units of the RapidE will be built, making their first step to electrification a limited one.
“Having unveiled the RapidE Concept back in October 2015 we reach another milestone with the confirmation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production. RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO.
Additional details of the 2019 RapidE are set to be revealed in due course. Whether the RapidE will be an all-out performance electric vehicle based on the Rapide AMR or a more subtle four-door grand tourer, Aston Martin has yet to confirm.