Aston Martin Rapide E: The First All-Electric Aston Martin: Another BEV Terminated!

Aston Martin Rapide E electric vehicle

Overview: Zero-Emissions, Incredible Acceleration And Uncompromising Luxury!

Update: July 2020: Aston Martin successfully raised £207 million in equity and debt, as the luxury automotive brand struggles to stay in business through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The company lost £119 million in the 1st quarter 2020 and its share price has been trading below 50p per share (the company had floated in October 2018 at £19 per share). The company has also witnessed significant high level management changes to include the removal of Andy Palmer as Chief Executive. Tobias Moers is the new Chief Executive. The all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E model has been terminated, with no immediate plans for an electric car by Aston Martin.

Another iconic British automotive brand enters the fast evolving electric vehicle market. The Aston Martin Rapide E, is the all-electric zero-emission production car from the luxury sports brand.  The production ready battery electric vehicle (BEV), made its first appearance earlier this year, at the Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. Andy Palmer, the CEO of Aston Martin and also a customer of the Rapide E, commented “a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future.”

Though similar in design to the conventional Rapide, Aston Martin has further improved the aerodynamics of the body to enhance performance (an 8% improvement in efficiency compared to the petrol Rapide).   

Aston martin rapide e electric vehicle
Aston Martin Rapide E Electric Vehicle (credit: Aston Martin)
  • The Rapide E was announced at the 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show.  The production model made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. 
  • Available to order now at an undisclosed price.
  • Deliveries to customers expected before end 2019.  The pure electric car is being manufactured at Aston Martin’s,  St Athan dedicated production facility in Wales.
  • A special edition model, in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). Aston Martin can benefit from WAE’s knowledge on electric cars. 
  • A limited edition: only 155 to be built. Viewed as a test bed for the for the return of the Lagonda brand. 
  • The 950 Nm instant torque, makes the Rapid E, the most powerful Rapide model. 
  • Extensive use of carbon fibre to reduce vehicle weight. 
Aston Martin Rapide E all electric car
Aston Martin Rapide E All-Electric Car (credit: Aston Martin)
Aston Martin Rapide E All-Electric Car
Aston Martin Rapide E All-Electric Car (credit: Aston Martin)

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 65 kWh
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 200 miles
  • Capable of rapid charging: can charge 185 miles per hour using a 50 kW charger.  However, using a 100 kW super-fast charger, can achieve 310 miles of range per hour

Power & Performance

  • 0-60 mph: sub  4 sec
  • Top speed: 155  mph
  • Brake horsepower: 602 bhp
  • Torque: 950 Nm

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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