Rapide E: First all-electric Aston Martin unveiled

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on September 13, 2018

The limited-production Rapide E will mark Aston Martin's entry into the EV segment; aims to match the standard Rapide S in terms of performance. 

Aston Martin has pulled the covers off its first-ever BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), the Rapide E. Developed in association with Williams Advanced Engineering, the Rapide E will be powered by two electric motors, giving the car a total power output of close to 602bhp and a maniacal torque figure of 950Nm! To put things into comparison, the standard Rapide S produces 552bhp and 630Nm of torque. Thus, the Rapide E will be the most powerful iteration of the Rapide model line produced to date.

The Rapide E will be produced in the standard four-door configuration, however, it will see a limited production run of just 155 units. Powering the rear-mounted twin-electric motors will be a bespoke 800V battery pack, constructed using over 5600 lithium-ion cylindrical cells, which will sit where the original 6.0-litre V12, along with the gearbox and fuel tank, were located. This placement will also keep the overall weight distribution in check.

Aston Martin Rapide E Powertrain Diagram

The Rapide E's WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) range target is said to be over 321 kilometres while an hour of charging through a regular 400V charger can give it enough juice to run nearly 298km. To make the Rapide E more aerodynamically efficient than the Rapide S, both the car's exterior and underbody have been given a makeover from an EV development viewpoint and the low-rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tires even feature noise-cancelling foam inside them.

The Rapide E will be produced at Aston Martin's new St. Athan facility and the first international deliveries are slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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