Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer has confirmed that an all-electric version of the Rapide will reach the market within two years.
Reports first surfaced about Aston Martin’s interest in producing an electric Rapide four months ago. It was only at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance however where the British marque revealed that the car will become a reality.
Palmer revealed that the car will be produced to counter the marque’s fuel-hungry naturally-aspirated V12 engines. It will therefore help balance out emissions across Aston Martin’s line-up. While the electric Rapide will be efficient, it won’t be shy on performance with 800 hp expected alongside all-wheel drive.
While Palmer didn’t reveal many details about the EV Rapide, he did hint that it will cost between $200,000 and $250,000 in the United States putting it well ahead of the Tesla Model S P90D ($142,000). The vehicle’s batteries will be sourced from either LG or Samsung with just a few hundred examples tipped to be produced annually.
Beyond confirming an electric Aston Martin Rapide, Palmer also revealed that an electric version of the upcoming DBX crossover will be unveiled before the end of the decade.
[Via Automotive News]