It’s packing 602 horsepower and has a range of 200 miles

Aston Martin has officially confirmed the arrival of the all-electric Rapide E sports sedan. The British automaker’s first-ever all-electric model will be launched in the final quarter of 2019. Only 155 units of the Rapide E will be built, each selling at a still undisclosed price tag. In addition to announcing the four-door EV’s launch timetable, Aston Martin also dropped a handful of information about the electric car, including its power and performance capabilities.

Aston Martin's All-Electric Rapide is Arriving Next Year!
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For those who have waited a long time to see the Aston Martin Rapide E, now’s the time to jump for joy and celebrate. The all-electric four-door grand tourer is on its way. More importantly, it’s packing a lot of important features, none more important than its 65kWh, 800-volt battery system.

According to Williams Advanced Engineering, which worked on the car together with Aston Martin, there were a lot of “technical challenges” that had to be hurdled to bring the Rapide E to life. One of these challenges involved the packaging of the electric motors and battery system in the space that was made available for them. Working diligently, Williams says it was able to overcome these challenges, setting the table for the Rapide E’s long-awaited debut.

So what can we expect from Aston Martin’s first all-electric model?

The sedan’s battery is rated at 65kWh, and, according to Aston Martin, it sends its power to a pair of electric motors that can combine to produce a whopping 602 horsepower and a “target range” amounting to over 200 miles on a single charge.

When the car’s battery goes kaput, Aston Martin says that it only takes about an hour to charge the battery back to a range of 185 miles, that is if you’re using a 400-volt (50kW) charger. In the event you wants to charge the Rapide E quicker, an 800-volt outlet with a delivery of 100 kWh or higher can recharge the battery to 310 miles of range per hour. In that case, it would probably take around 40 or so minutes for the Rapide E to get its full range of “over 200 miles” back.

Aston Martin Reveals the 800-Volt Battery for the Upcoming 2019 RapidE
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In addition to performance capabilities, the Aston Martin Rapide E will also boast a body that’s been aerodynamically optimized in order for it to perform up to its full potential.

Likewise, the car’s chassis is also a priority for Aston Martin, as is the Rapide E’s revised suspension settings.

From afar, it looks like the Aston Martin Rapide E is ready for its close-up. The model won’t arrive until next year, but if it’s capable of all the things that Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering say it is, we could be looking at a year’s worth of building hype for Aston’s first-ever EV model.

Further reading

2016 Aston Martin RapidE Concept
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Read our full review on the 2016 Aston Martin RapidE.

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12 September 2018, Millbrook, England: With development of Aston Martin’s first all-electric production car – the Rapide E – progressing apace, the luxury British marque has today confirmed a raft of technical details for the strictly limited 155-unit special edition.

Working closely with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) as its development partner, Aston Martin has utilised the hugely successful leader in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology to kickstart a new era for Aston Martin’s powertrain technology and overcome the technical challenges associated with packaging the battery system and motors within the space available.
Throughout the development process, the engineering team have focused on achieving effective cooling of the batteries and motor to ensure consistent performance, while strict weight targets have been stringently observed using lightweight alloys and carbon composite materials.

Rapide E will be powered by an 800V battery electrical architecture with 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. These are mounted in a bespoke battery pack where the original 6.0-litre V12, its gearbox and fuel tank were located. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.

Rapide E’s range target is over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851,2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. However, the car’s 800V high-voltage battery system enables faster charging of 3101,2 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher.

Being an Aston Martin, the Rapide E is being developed with a high-performance objective. Projected top speed for the Rapide E is 155mph, with a sub-4.0sec 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5sec. It’s important to stress that these figures are not restricted to a narrow window only when the batteries are fully-charged. 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 car. This includes the ability to drive a full lap of the Nürburgring with absolutely no derating of the battery and the ability to cope with the daily demands of repeated hard acceleration and braking.

The car’s exterior and underbody has also been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aerodynamic wheels. Shod with Pirelli P-Zero low rolling-resistance tyres featuring noise-cancelling foam, Rapide E aims to achieve higher levels of aerodynamic, frictional losses and cooling performance over the standard Rapide S.

It has also been an objective of the project to retain and enhance the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engined Rapide S. To this end, careful attention will be paid to the development and tuning of both the electric powertrain and the chassis, with particular focus applied to software integration. The rear-wheel drive Rapide E’s twin electric motors will drive through a Limited-Slip Differential, which combined with revised spring and damper rates ensures the pure handling characteristics for which the petrol-powered Rapide S is already renowned.

Though the Rapide E will be built in low volumes, it is being subjected to Aston Martin’s stringent and exhaustive testing protocols, with the dedicated WAE team working closely alongside Aston Martin personnel to ensure every aspect of the prototype test programme follows the marque’s established procedures. Uniquely, customers will be an extended part of the ongoing Rapide E programme, with their comments and driving experiences providing an invaluable stream of feedback that will help shape and improve future Aston Martin EVs.
In addition to WAE, the Rapide E programme enjoys the support of other technical partners including Hyperbat Limited – a new joint venture company between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group – as the battery manufacturer, Integral Powertrain Technologies for the electric motors, Xtrac for the transmission and the H1PERBAT project consortium with grant funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

Speaking of the Rapide E programme, Andy Palmer, CEO Aston Martin, commented: “Environmental responsibility and sustainability is a global challenge faced by us all. As a career automotive engineer, I’m proud that the car industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions. As Aston Martin’s CEO, I take particular satisfaction working with Williams Advanced Engineering and our other associated technology partners to bring Rapide E to reality. As our first all-electric production model, 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. Rapide E will also serve as a critical step on our path to re-launching Lagonda as the world’s first zero-emission luxury marque”.
Rapide E will be built at the upcoming St. Athan production facility, announced as the future ‘Home of Electrification’ for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands. Aston Martin is accepting expressions of interest via its global dealership network, with pricing available on application.
Customer deliveries are set for Q4 2019.

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