Aston Martin Rapide E Debuts at Auto Shanghai

Aston Martin has revealed the final production-ready version of its first all-electric production car, the Rapide E which makes its world debut at China’s Auto Shanghai motor show.

The first car to be built at Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art St Athan production facility, Rapide E represents a pioneering first step towards achieving the company’s wider electrification strategy.

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, Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams have worked in partnership to extract the optimal aerodynamic performance available from the Rapide E. 

Aston Martin’s aerodynamic engineers have optimised the aperture of the frontal area, minimising airflow through the car’s body, improving the car’s aerodynamic efficiency and increasing range as a result.

Aston Martin Rapide E Debuts at Auto Shanghai

A re-designed underfloor streamlines airflow from the front splitter right the way through to Rapide E’s new larger rear diffuser. 

The model’s forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels – shod with bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres – 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.

Inside, a 10” digital display now delivers all key information to the driver while on the move, including the battery’s state of charge, current motor power levels and a real-time energy consumption metre.

Extending the experience beyond the car, a dedicated app allows key information from the car to be remotely monitored as well as allowing navigation destinations to be sent from the app to the car for easy route planning. 

Aston Martin Rapide E Debuts at Auto Shanghai

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.

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 system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.

Rapide E’s range is over 200 miles while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851,2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. 

Aston Martin Rapide E Debuts at Auto Shanghai

Top speed for Rapide E is 155mph, with a sub-4.0 second 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5 seconds. 

Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “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.”

Rapide E is available to order now, with prices available on application.

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