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Aston Martin debuts first production EV Rapide E sport sedan at Shanghai

Apr 16, 2019, 3:32 am

On Tuesday, Aston Martin revealed an electronic version of its Rapide E-sport sedan at Auto Shanghai 2019.

The Aston Martin Rapide E in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering has been developed with the Williams Formula 1 team’s technology offshoot, and hence now the company finally confirms the car’s features that include a pair of electric motors at the back axle, delivering a combined output of 601 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of instantaneous torque.

The Aston Martin Rapide E’s design is in many similarities with its gasoline-powered Rapide cousin. The Rapide E adds a honeycomb front grille, and new venting since the EV requires less cooling than its gas equivalent.

As for range, Aston Martin estimates a range of over 200 miles under WLTP standards that vary on how often you exercise that substantial forward thrust. It’s capable of fast charging using a 400V 50kW charger, or the car’s high-voltage battery system allows for even quicker 800V 100kW charging, which can add 310 miles of range in just an hour. A more modest onboard AC charger can completely refill the battery pack in three hours.

Aston Martin says the car should easily handle a full lap of the Nurburgring without issues around heat or other impairments. While you’re there, the engineering tuning lessons learned from the Rapide AMR should pay dividends for the electronic version.

Aston Martin Rapide E will be the first car to be built at Aston Martin’s new plant in St Athan, Wales. The site is the new electrification hub for the automaker and will later be responsible for the revived Lagonda brand.

The storied British automaker is limited to 155 units for worldwide sale and will commence deliveries in late 2019, meaning it will likely arrive as a 2020 model.

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