Anston Martin has built the coolest cars ever. The heart was the powerful V12 motor that could develop some phenomenal power and give the driver the thrill you desired. What if the car went silent and all that music the exhaust produced died down? That’s what Aston is planning on doing. What do we get in the bargain? More than 1000hp of power on special variants and the usual RapidE will come with about 550 bhp.
The company’s CEO, Andy Palmer says he sees “luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of [Aston Martin’s] future product portfolio.” He also “welcomed ChinaEquity into the next phase of study for the project development.” The company’s planned electric RapidE would go against Tesla’s Model S and Audi’s Mission E which is expected to be as powerful as the Tesla.
The concept car was unveiled outside the Lancaster House in London. The event was attended by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and President of The People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. The production version of the car will be co-developed with the Chinese investment group, ChinaEquity. It will be constructed at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Chairman Chaoyong Wang of ChinaEquity said, “We are delighted that Aston Martin not only provides a high performance driving experience to customers but also show’s their social responsibility by showcasing a new generation of the electric car with zero emissions. We are excited to participate in the development of the RapidE and to make a contribution to Sino-British clean energy and green environmental strategy. We feel confident that there are significant opportunities for electric cars in China and the world.”
It will be couple of years before the launch happens and we get to drive the 1000bhp electric car!!!!!
The company put up a video on YouTube which showcased the electric RapidE concept.