The world of alternate sources of energy may not be as big as the conventional sources, but forget not, it's not too far from now. Manufacturers like Tesla are changing the way cars are perceived, and sports like Formula E prove that electric cars and sportscars can go hand in hand. Taking a cue from the market trend, Aston Martin has revealed their all-electric prototype for Rapid S.
The iconic British sportcar manufacturer has entered a partnership with investment firm ChinaEquity to make the all-electric Rapid S a reality, which they call the 'RapidE'. While ChinaEquity will be the financial partner of the Aston, Williams Advanced Engineering team will be the engineering partner and will be developing the production version of RapidS.
The sports sedan will be built at Gaydon, England with a timeline of approximately 2 years (provided the project advances). The project also marks the partnership between U.K and China, which is the main reason why the RapidE was revealed during the state visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping to the United Kingdom. The specifications of the electric Rapid are not yet clear as of now.
"The car we showed in London is a fully running concept but not yet defining [of] our choice of battery, motor, inverter, etc," spokesman Simon Sproule said. "Now that we have a clearer path for producing the car, we will be defining all the parameters." He clarified that the cost is under consideration and the estimate of $250000 can be somewhat near the estimate. "It's a study, but we're serious about it," he said.
Aston Martin, in a past couple of years, has been vocal about their electric ambitions. Aston says that the electric technology not only helps in modernizing the powertrains, but also helps in the emission issue. Not only that, hybrid and electric motors offers high output and string torque output, that will help Aston to build more powerful cars (estimate is, RapidE can produce 1000 horses).
Company's top management doesn't want to scale down engine structures due to stricter emission norms in the coming years. Instead, going hybrid and retaining V8 and V12 is preferred as a plan. The future plans for Aton includes giving the electric DBX a production form, refreshing all its sports car and adding a four-door Lagonda, along with the production RapidE.
Aston Martin has already cleared that they will bring a complete new range of vehicles by 2020. You can know all about it here!