Aston Martin’s All-Electric Rapide is Arriving Next Year!
It’s packing 602 horsepower and has a range of 200 milesby Kirby, on
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.
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.
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.
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