Aston Martin Lagonda has revealed the final production of its very first all-electric production car, with the spectacular Rapide E making its world debut at China’s Auto Shanghai motor show.
Unveiled by Aston Martin Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the Rapide E is an exceptional model adding to the luxury marque. With precious Special-Edition models being a success, such as the Aston Martin Vulcan, the Vanquish Zagato family and DB4 GT Continuation, the Rapide E continues to deliver a superior level of performance, craftmanship and exclusivity, while also propelling Aston Martin into the all-electric realm. Very exciting!
The Rapide E represents a brave first step towards achieving the company’s wider electrification strategy and the successful fruition of Lagonda – the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand. A special edition with a production run strictly limited to 155 units, Rapide E has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).
Shown for the first time in Shanghai today (April 16th 2019), Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams have developed traditional metal vanes, which give way to a striking honeycomb front grille. With lower cooling requirements of the EV powertrain, optimizing the aperture of the frontal area by minimising airflow through the car’s body will improve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and increasing range as a result.
The model’s forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels have bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres and have also been re-designed to give greater efficiency, without compromising brake cooling capability. The sum of these changes gives Rapide E’s aerodynamic package an 8% improvement over the previous internal combustion model.
The Rapide E is powered by an 800V electrical architecture battery – encased in carbon fibre and Kevlar casing – with a 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. This battery pack sits where the original 6.0-litre V12, gearbox and fuel tank were located, with the 800V system allowing for more efficient charging and much improved thermal characteristics over existing electrical architectures. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.
The Rapide E’s range is over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851,2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. However, the car’s 800V high-voltage battery system enables faster charging of 3101,2 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher. For destination charging, the car also features an industry-leading high-power AC on-board charger capable of recharging the battery in as little as 3 hours.
Extending the experience beyond the car, a dedicated app allows key information from the car to be remotely monitored. This powerful dashboard displays remaining range, battery status, and time to charge, as well as allowing navigation destinations to be sent from the app to the car for easy route planning. The car’s parking spot can also be seen via the app, with walking directions provided to help re-locate it in busy locations. Finally, the health and status of Rapide E can also be tracked from the app, providing reminders such as when a key service is due.
The Rapide E also enhances the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engined recently acclaimed Rapide AMR, thanks to careful attention paid to the tuning of both the electric powertrain and the chassis across three driving modes – GT, Sport and Sport + – which are selected for both the powertrain and handling.
A 10” digital display delivering all key information to the driver while on the move and the battery’s state of charge, current motor power levels, regenerative performance and a real-time energy consumption meter are all features newly available for the Rapide E. Carbon fibre has been deployed throughout, assisting in delivering the strict weight targets set by Aston Martin’s engineering team from the outset.
The top speed for Rapide E is 155mph, with a 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds. These figures are not restricted to a narrow window of battery charge or climatic conditions, instead, thanks to the cutting-edge 800V architecture, the Rapide E will deliver its performance in a consistent and repeatable way as would be expected from a traditional Aston Martin product.
Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda, commented: “Unveiling the Rapide E will be a huge moment for Aston Martin. As our first all-electric production car, it is a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and car enthusiasts. That’s why it was so important to me that in embracing EV technology we should not let go of those unique qualities that define an Aston Martin. I believe Rapide E embodies that desire and paves the way for a hugely exciting future.”
The Rapide E is available to order now, with prices available on application
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