Aston Martin Announces the Rapide E
Aston Martin has joined the growing market of electric vehicles with the announcement of the Rapide E - their first battery-powered car. Developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, Aston Martin expect to produce 155 units.
The launch of the Rapide E will mark a new dawn for the British marque as they look to battle the environmental effects of global emissions caused by vehicles.
Their entrance into the market illustrates the growing trend of car markers moving towards electrification. The confidence in Electric and AFV market has been felt worldwide with up to $90bn worth of investment from car makers such as Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Daimler.
Trivia - in the UK, the market share for EV and AFV is 8% which is up from 5.2% in 2017.
With new details emerging about the technical specs of this landmark car, let's take a closer look at the Aston Martin Rapide E!
Aston Martin Rapide E Specs
An 800V battery will be used to power the Rapide E. When you break this down, it's comprised of:
- A capacity of 65kwh.
- Utilising 5,600 lithium ion.
- Containing 18650 cylindrical cells.
Trivia - The battery unit needed to replace the usual location of the V12 engine, gearbox and fuel tank!
The careful assembly of this unit required the expertise of William Advanced Engineering who are world leaders in battery performance and management. As a supplier of the Formula E World Championships, their growing expertise in battery management helped to make the Rapide E become real.
Examples of the challenges they faced centred around battery management, consistent performance and weight targets.
Aston Martin Rapide E Performance
Here are the performance stats for the Rapide E:
- Top Speed - 155 mph.
- 50-70 mph - 1.5s.
- 950Nm of torque.
Trivia - The car is RWD so the battery system powers two rear-mounted electric motors.
Aston Martin's thinking behind the performance targets was maximum performance throughout the battery's charge. The targeted range is 200 miles and drivers can charge their Rapide E up to 3101,2 miles of range p/hr.
Trivia - To ensure the vehicle can handle can the everyday demands of braking and accelerating, it's able to complete a full lap of the Nürburgring without derating!
Aston Martin has made a real statement with the Rapide E. Their partnership with Williams Advanced Engineers enables them to tap into world-leading expertise within a growing market which opens up the prospect of further collaborations with future EV models.
Even though you won't be hearing the harmony of a V12 engine, Aston Martin will use the Rapide E as a learning curve to help them restore the character and performance of an Aston Martin in future EV models. How? Tuning areas such as the battery, chassis and software.
The Electric AFV market has been growing strongly in the UK with 130,000 cars on the road in 2017, a 27% increase on 2016. It's expected that around 190,000 Electric and AFV cars will be on British roads by the end of 2018.
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