Developed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, a company that used to design and assemble batteries for Formula E cars, the battery-electric Rapid E will come in an exclusive limited edition range of 155 units.
As for technical details, it will be powered by an 800-volt battery system with 65kWh capacity, using over 5,600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells.
Aston Martin claims that the car will have a range of over 200 miles, with a charging rate of 185 miles per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. This charging rate can be improved to 310 miles per hour using a 00kW or higher fast-charger.
The battery pack, which will be located where the original V12 motor resides along with the space for gearbox and fuel tank, will power two rear-mounted motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and 950Nm of torque.
According to its makers, the Rapide E will have a top speed of 155 mph, with a sub-4-second 0–60 mph time, and its makers claim these figures will be possible even when the batteries aren’t fully charged.
The Rapid E will be produced at Aston Martin’s s St. Athan production facility in South Wales, which has been dubbed the future “Home of Electrification”.
Aston Martin was founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913.