Aston Martin is to build 155 units of the RapidE, a plug-in version of the now seven-year old Rapide hatchback. The firm will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring the car to production in 2019.
A plug-in derivative of the Rapide S was under development, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed in August 2015. Speaking at the Pebble Beach Concours, Palmer said the EV would have a range of 200 miles and that its output would be 800 or more horsepower. As for pricing, in 2015 terms, it would be around $200,000-$250,000 in the US, Aston’s CEO speculated, when questioned. Annual production would be “in the hundreds”.
In February 2016 came additional news that Chinese technology group LeEco would be Aston Martin’s partner in bringing the car to market. Both companies would also be collaborating with Faraday Future, the start-up electric car firm backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting. Also in February 2016, Aston Martin stated that the RapidE would be built at Gaydon from 2018.
According to the latest news announced earlier on 27 June, Williams Advanced Engineering, which worked on the RapidE concept, “will assist Aston Martin with the complex task of engineering integration”. It is now understood that LeEco is no longer a partner, which is why the RapidE’s release has been pushed back.
The luxury car maker states that the limited run production car will be previewed by another concept, this time to be called Rapide AMR. This is expected to appear at the Pebble Beach Concours in August.