In 2015, Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering collaborated to come up with their brainchild, the RapidE Concept. A few months later, higher ups at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LeEco to lead the way in producing the sedan's electric version that will hopefully be made available to the public in 2018.
Recently, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to the public that by 2018 the gas powered Rapide will be getting the axe, and instead, an electric version RapidE concept will take its place. Since its debut, the dashing sedan has only been made available with a V-12 engine but starting in the year 2018, it will be exclusively offered with an all-electric variant.
Even though the specific details of car's technical specs are still not in the open, the new four door all-electric Aston Martin sedan will have an increase of power - from 552 horsepower produced by the 6.0-liter gasoline engine to a whopping 800 horsepower generated by the RapidE concept's electric engine. Also, take note that the outgoing gasoline-powered sedan is capable of producing 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) of torque, which means that with the power that the new electric version is expected to produce, its torque may be of the same magnitude. Moreover, the RapidE concept is competent enough to reach a range of almost 200 miles (320 kilometers) with enough battery on tap. The said electric sedan will not be put on sale with the Rapide S as the electric variant will replace it altogether.
Aston Martin assures its avid customers that in the years to come, more four-door models will follow the RapidE - that's counting the DBX crossover which is expected to roll out by the end of the decade, as well as the series of sedans stamped with the Lagonda sigils. Palmer indicated that the name Rapide was originally a Lagonda nameplate, which entails that one of the upcoming Lagonda-based vehicles will be the four door sports car we are looking forward to. But before the release of RapidE, the company will release the car in AMR fashion. AMR is Aston Martin's new performance sub-brand. Vehicles under AMR will gain from upgraded performance, sharper dynamics and a more dapper design. The Rapide AMR will obtain a sleeker body kit and the 592 hp version of the vehicle's 5.9 liter V12.
Competitions are getting stiffer by the minute due to the introduction of electric vehicle lines, and diesel-powered engines are slowly being challenged by the more environment-friendly option. Since more and more cities across the globe are planning on replacing gasoline-powered vehicles, Andy Palmer believes that automakers should start planning the electrification of current and future models. Thus, Aston Martin has started its electrification journey with the RapidE concept for a more sustainable future. Despite replacing RapidE V12 with the electric variant, the electric line-up will not be made permanent. Instead it will be possibly replaced by the SUV and sedans under Aston Martin's Lagonda line-up.