At the ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, Aston Martin revealed their first production EV. Dubbed as Aston Martin Rapide E, it has been in development for several years and the finished product is uses different design that separates it from traditional Rapid E models. Aston Martin Rapide E will be first model to be manufactured at their St Athan production facility. For creation of this model, Aston Model worked with Williams Advanced Engineering. The major talking point is the absence of 6.0-liter V12 engine.
Aston Martin Rapide E is underpinned by 800V electric architecture and a 65-kWh battery encased in carbon fiber and Kevlar. The package is completed with 5600 ltihium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. The battery compartment is placed where V12 used to reside. Pair of rear-mounted electric motors power the rear axles. It produces a combined output of 601 horsepower and 950 Nm of torque. Under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), Aston Martin Rapide E offers driving range in excess of 200 miles. Charging takes place at a rate of 185 miles of range per hour with help from a common 400V 50kW charger.
The electric vehicle also offers fast charging for a range of 310 miles per hour. It also incorporates high power AC on-board charger that completely charges in 3 hours. Top speed of Aston Martin Rapide E is 155mph and accelerates from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds. Three driving models available on it are GT, Sport, and Sport+ respectively. There is also a limited-slip differential at the rear along with revised spring and damper rates that ensures handling isn’t affected. Forged aluminum wheels is developed for this electric vehicle and is wrapped in special Pirelli P-Zero tires. Production of Rapide E will be limited to 155 units worldwide. It is available for order, but pricing details is under wrapped.