Car News 24 Feb 2016

Creating a buzz: Aston Martin confirm all-electric Rapide

Creating a buzz: Aston Martin confirm all-electric Rapide

Aston Martin have confirmed plans to produce an all-electric version of their iconic Rapide luxury saloon.  The zero emissions Rapide will be available in the four door model, with four wheel drive, 1000bhp and all the luxurious benefits of an Aston Martin.

Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, believes that producing their first battery-powered car is a necessity, stating that the new model will deliver the same performance as the V12, just without the noise.  The invertor will be fitted in the boot, with batteries running down the spine of the car into the bonnet.  The company is hoping to offset some of their overall CO2 emissions, allowing them to keep their V12s in their sports cars.

The silent luxury saloon is expected to have a range of well over 200 miles, and will be priced around £200K.  Aston Martin anticipate high demand, particularly in the US and Chinese markets, and plan to release the new car around 2017.

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