Aston Martin’s first ever battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) will be the Aston Martin Rapide E. The four-door all-electric sports car will go into production in 2019 and now the Gaydon based carmaker has just released initial details of their new EV.
The Rapide E will be driven by two electric motors mounted on the rear axle, giving the car a combined output of over 610 hp and 950 Nm of torque. Aston Martin claims that the Rapide E will be capable of a 250 km/h top speed and sprinting from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) takes just under four seconds.
The engineering team have focused on achieving effective cooling of the batteries and motors to ensure that the driver can enjoy consistent performance throughout the battery charge state. The battery pack is strategically placed where the original 6.0-litre V12 and fuel tank were located to give the rear-wheel-drive EV similar dynamics as the petrol-powered Rapide S.
Aston Martin claims that the 65-kWh capacity battery pack allows the Rapide E to cover over 322 km (200 miles) on a full charge. The battery pack takes a little over an hour to be fully charged when plugged into a typical 400V 50-kW charging station.
Other innovation that debuts on the electric powered Rapide includes aerodynamic enhancements to the body kit, underbody, wheels and bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres. Aston Martin aims to achieve higher levels of aerodynamics, frictional loss and cooling performance on the Rapide E compared to the standard Rapide S.
Only 155 units of the Aston Martin Rapide E will roll out of production floors and customer deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2019.