Aston Martin Announces Plans For Full-Electric RapidE
Back in 2015, Aston Martin and Chinese investor group ChinaEquity teamed up to show their potential plans for a fully electric zero emission production luxury sport sedan. That partnership spawned the RapidE Concept as seen in the video above.
Now, two years later - we can see they were serious about producing such a car. This time there's no mention of a Chinese investor but there are more solid statements being laid down. They plan to build 155 RapidE cars in total. They want to release it by 2019. They will base the RapideE on the Rapide AMR (A yet-to-be-released +200 mph limited edition, lightened and boosted version of the Rapide). And they're announcing the project development will be aided by the Williams Advanced Engineering firm.
If you're unfamiliar with the Williams name you might not know about their cutting-edge side projects, but you should recognize the Williams F1 team. Yes, that same Williams F1 team that partnered with Honda and Cosworth in the 1980s scoring victory after victory with their provided chassis. They have a long history of involvement in every aspect of racing technology as we know it today, and they're currently the ones providing batteries for the entire Formula E series. The Advanced Engineering division just so happens to also be providing prototype batteries for the Aston Martin RapidE as a demonstration of their new Advanced Propulsion Center (APC).
And if you didn't see the news back in April (because practically nobody did) the APC is a UK government backed battery manufacturing facility designed to rapidly build and deploy electric car batteries in a low to medium volume while reducing their environmental footprint through use of recycling and reusability. What makes the APC so noteworthy is Williams Advanced Engineering claim to keep the production volume flexible to match demand so it doesn't suffer from gaps in the supply chain. We don't know if it works but when the facility is up and running it will mean more electric-powered cars in the UK can be quickly prototyped and deployed as a result of faster battery construction. Who knows. Maybe we'll see a fully electric Morgan or TVR in our lifetime.
If you buy one you can have the British taxpayers to thank.