Aston Martin Rapide EV with 800 hp in the works; launch in 2 years

Development of Aston Martin Rapide EV has been confirmed by the British marque’s CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. Talking to Automotive News at the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance 2015, the top official revealed that the pure electric supercar would see the light of day in about two years from now.

Dr. Palmer went on to reveal that the upcoming electric Rapide would be having a power output in the vicinity of 800 hp and a range of around 200 miles (320 km). It would source its battery from leaders LG or Samsung. The car is likely to be priced somewhere between USD 200,000 – 250,000.

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Aston Martin Rapide EV would enable the brand to continue selling V12 and V8 engined models in stringent markets. (image: petrol engined Rapide)

A test mule of Rapide EV has already started testing. According to Dr. Palmer, having pure electric supercars in the portfolio not only demonstrates the brand’s technical prowess when it comes to alternate propulsion but also allows it to continue selling powerful V8 and V12 models. A zero emission vehicle in the portfolio would balance out the high emissions of its stablemates, which is crucial to crack stringent markets such as China.

Aston Martin Rapide EV would be followed by DBX EV but the crossover would first go on sale as a plug-in hybrid model.

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