Aston Martin announces its participation in the all-electric automotive future

Aston Martin has finally revealed the Rapide E at the 2019 Shanghai auto show after teasing it for months. It’s the all-electric version of the four-door Rapide that comes with fast charging, over 200 miles range on a single charge, and performance to match (and even surpass) what the V12-powered Rapide can muster.

What the 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E Brings to the Table

The 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E Has Finally Been Exposed to the World and You Can Order One Now!
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Production of the 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E will be limited to just 155 examples for the entire world, so it’s more of an image booster for Aston than it is a real money making model. In other words, Aston Martin is simply making it just to show it can, and that it is somewhat committed to electrification, as is the trend in the automotive industry nowadays.

But, that’s still a ridiculously small production number, even for a low-volume manufacturer like Aston. So what are the people who want one but didn’t make the short list of people that can have one missing out on?

The 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E Has Finally Been Exposed to the World and You Can Order One Now!
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Well, powering it is a pair of rear-mounted electric motors that together make 601 horsepower and 700 pound-feet (950 Nm) of torque.

The Rapide E is rear-wheel drive-only, so with that kind of torque output, it should have no problem lighting up the rear tires.

It even has a limited-slip differential to help put its power down, specific suspension tuning, a different and mostly flat underbody, and special wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero tires.

According to the manufacturer, the Rapide E is capable of sprinting from naught to sixty in under 4 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph or 255 km/h. Aston also mentions that it takes the all-electric Rapide just 1.5 seconds to accelerate from 50 to 70 mph (80 to 110 km/h) - that is a lot less than it took you to read this last phrase.

The 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E Has Finally Been Exposed to the World and You Can Order One Now!
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Aston Martin says the Rapide E should have a one-charge range of more than 200 miles (320 km), according to the new WLTP guidelines and its battery can be charged up from flat in just three hours thanks to a high-power charger that the car carries around with it. The charger can actually put current back into the battery at a rate equivalent to 310 miles per hour, considerably more than the 185 miles per hour achieved through a regular 50-kW fast charger.

2020 Aston Martin Rapide E - drivetrain specifications
Engine Two rear-mounted electric motors
Battery 65kWh pack
Horsepower 601 HP
Torque 700 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph sub-4.0 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Range 200 miles
Engine Two rear-mounted electric motors
Battery 65kWh pack
Horsepower 601 HP

Further reading

2016 Aston Martin RapidE Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Aston Martin RapidE (EV).

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

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin Rapide.

ston Martin’s first electric model – Rapide E – now ready for production
Car unveiled at Auto Shanghai by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman
Rapide E features 800V battery system for greater charging efficiencies
Twin rear-mounted motors produce 610PS and 950Nm of torque
Production limited to 155 examples
Visit Aston Martin’s stand – Hall 8 Stand 8A31

16 April 2019, Shanghai, China: Aston Martin Lagonda has revealed the final production-ready iteration of its first all-electric production car, with the spectacular Rapide E making its world debut at China’s Auto Shanghai motor show.

Unveiled by Aston Martin Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Rapide E is a pivotal model for the luxury marque. Following the success of previous special-edition models, including Aston Martin Vulcan, the Vanquish Zagato family and DB4 GT Continuation, Rapide E continues to deliver a superior level of performance, craftmanship and exclusivity, while also propelling Aston Martin into the all-electric realm.

The first car to be built at Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art St Athan production facility – the brand’s Home of Electrification – Rapide E represents a pioneering first step towards achieving the company’s wider electrification strategy and the successful fruition of Lagonda – the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand. A special edition with a production run strictly limited to 155 units, Rapide E has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).

Shown for the first time here in Shanghai today, Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams have worked in partnership to extract the optimal aerodynamic performance available from the Rapide’s elegant form. Traditional metal vanes give way to a striking honeycomb front grille. With lower cooling requirements demanded of the EV powertrain, Aston Martin’s aerodynamic engineers have been given the freedom to optimize the aperture of the frontal area, minimising airflow through the car’s body, improving the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and increasing range as a result.

A re-designed underfloor streamlines airflow from the front splitter right the way through to Rapide E’s new larger rear diffuser – a feature that is now wholly dedicated to aero efficiency due to the removal of the exhaust system required before. The model’s forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels – shod with bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres – have also been re-designed to give greater efficiency, without compromising brake cooling capability. The sum of these changes gives Rapide E’s aerodynamic package an 8% improvement over the previous internal combustion model.

Inside and out, Rapide E is equipped with the materials and technology befitting of the marque’s first EV model. Gone are the analogue displays of the past. A 10” digital display now sits in their place, delivering all key information to the driver while on the move, including the battery’s state of charge, current motor power levels, regenerative performance and a real-time energy consumption meter. Swathes of carbon fibre have been deployed throughout, assisting in delivering the strict weight targets set by Aston Martin’s engineering team from the outset.

Extending the experience beyond the car, a dedicated app allows key information from the car to be remotely monitored. This powerful dashboard displays remaining range, battery status, and time to charge, as well as allowing navigation destinations to be sent from the app to the car for easy route planning. The car’s parking spot can also be seen via the app, with walking directions provided to help re-locate it in busy locations. Finally, the health and status of Rapide E can also be tracked from the app, providing reminders such as when a key service is due.

Throughout the development process, the combined AML/WAE engineering team first focussed their efforts on finding packaging solutions for the battery system and motors within the Rapide’s architecture before working to achieve effective cooling of the batteries and motors.

Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery – encased in carbon fibre and Kevlar casing – with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. This bespoke battery pack lies where the original 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located, with the 800V system allowing for more efficient charging and greatly improved thermal characteristics over existing electrical architectures. 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 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. For destination charging, the car also features an industry-leading high-power AC on-board charger capable of recharging the battery in as little as 3 hours.

Top speed for Rapide E is 155mph, with a sub-4.0 second 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5 seconds. These figures are not restricted to a narrow window of battery charge or climatic conditions, instead, thanks to the cutting-edge 800V architecture, the Rapide E will deliver its performance in a consistent and repeatable way as would be expected from a traditional Aston Martin product. This includes the ability to drive a full lap of the Nürburgring with no performance derating of the battery or the motors.

Rapide E also enhances the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engined recently acclaimed Rapide AMR, thanks to careful attention paid to the tuning of both the electric powertrain and the chassis across three driving modes – GT, Sport and Sport + – which are selected for both the powertrain and handling. The rear-wheel drive Rapide E’s twin electric motors drive through a Limited-Slip Differential, which combined with a revised spring and damper rates, ensures the pure handling characteristics of the petrol-powered Rapide AMR are retained.

Speaking ahead of Rapide E’s Shanghai debut, Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda, commented: “Unveiling the Rapide E will be a huge moment for Aston Martin. As our first all-electric production car, it is a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and car enthusiasts. That’s why it was so important to me that in embracing EV technology we should not let go of those unique qualities that define an Aston Martin. I believe Rapide E embodies that desire and paves the way for a hugely exciting future.”

Rapide E is available to order now, with prices available on application.

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