Watch The Aston Martin Rapide E Move Under Its Own Power For The First Time

Equipped with ground-breaking technology, a first validation prototype of the Aston Martin Rapide E has moved under its own power for the first time a few days ago.

The moment was captured -in a short video, which was posted on social media by Aston CEO Andy Palmer, and shows the electric vehicle driving away almost in complete silence.

The Rapide E will be the company’s first zero-emission car. Unlike rivals from Porsche and Tesla, which developed the Taycan and Model S using specific platforms, the British electric luxury saloon is based on the gasoline-powered Rapide.

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The Rapide E uses a 65 kWh battery that provides power for the two rear-mounted electric motors and, according to Aston Martin, offers a driving range of more than 200 miles (322 km) in the WLTP test cycle.

Charging time is reasonably fast, especially with the 800V compatibility, which allows the battery to be filled at a rate of 310 miles (499 km) of range per hour. Using the usual 50 kW quick charger sees that time drop to 185 miles (298 km).

The Rapide E’s dual electric motors are said to deliver over 602 hp (610 PS / 449 kW) and 700 lb-ft (950 Nm) of torque. This translates into a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration time of less than 4 seconds, comfortably outsprinting the V12-powered Rapide S that needs 4.4 seconds.

Mind you, unlike its rivals, the Rapide E will be produced in a very limited run of just 155 units which will be built at Aston’s new St Athan factory in Wales.

The battery-electric Rapide will be unveiled later this year, and customer deliveries will commence towards the end of 2019.

 

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Significantly quicker fast charging time than any current technology? Interesting times.

    • Mike anonymous

      I just want to say that is a VERY good point and something I feel not many people in the world realize is the advertised prices for Teslas’ are not the models that are being advertised by the company generally and the ones most people are getting are northward of $90k-$100k up to around $125k (and that is just the Model S, not really even considering the X).

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Absolutely agree. There also seems to be some confusion among Tesla fans over the price of the base version Model 3 and the “claimed” 310 mile range of the dual-motor version, when the two are really not the same.

    • S3XY

      “Aston Martin appears to be offering a vehicle with significantly quicker fast charging time than any current technology.”

      Hypothetically and theoretically they say they will offer quicker charge time than current technology. By the time they do that Tesla will have upgraded their Superchargers to 5.0

      Please do not tell me you are impressed by a hypothetical statement with no real life evidence. That tells me a lot about you.

      • Tinky-Winky
      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Tesla is currently $9bn in debt. How can they afford to keep upgrading their infrastructure over and over again as well as invest in replacing the Model S and X when a second-generation is due?

        Aston Martin has a history of profitably producing cars since 1913. They know their market. Andy Palmer started off in the automotive industry as an apprentice and worked his way to the very top. He’s one of the most trusted and respected people in the industry, having won numerous awards, and has proven time and time again he means what he says. The same can’t be said for weed-smoking Ambien-munching libelers.

      • rodriguez256

        Gezz, seriously? Every time it comes to EVs you just have to up talk Tesla. I get that you like their vehicles, I do too but come on let other vehicles enjoy their spot light.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        S3XY’s right, you know.

        Most of you guys just stick to every group that says they’re making an electric car because you want to see Tesla fall. Am I saying Porsche and A/M can’t make a better electric car? No. But it’s kinda sad, how many of you want to see their collapse and could care less about getting good electric cars.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Hyundai-Kia sold 7.25 million vehicles worldwide last year and they already have 4 EVs in their range. How does Mr Musk really think he’s going to compete when the competition actually starts to go head-to-head?

    Of course the money doesn’t come from SpaceX, they are pretty much a loss making entity, with much of their money comes from US taxpayers or heavily-taxpayer-subsidized US industry.

    • benT

      “How does Mr Musk really think he’s going to compete when the competition actually starts to go head-to-head?”

      I did not realise Tesla was competing with Hyundai et al. I know he competing with Mercedes S and BMW 7 and that he is beating both of those on sales in Germany which has kicked there collective arces into actually producing something other than the ruthlessly awful BMW i8.

      When Tesla says they are going after Hyundai and Kia then there may be a problem for them, but given all the facts Tesla is doing quite well enough and better would ALWAYS be better, regardless.

      It’s odd that you and others critisize Tesla through the CEO but not mention the names of those who own and plan the companies you compare Elon Musk to.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    “zero emission”

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