The CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer tweeted about a major event for his company earlier this week. Rapide E prototype drove off under its own power for the first time. It’s the first electric car of the company.
The vehicle was designed under a mandate to retain and enhance the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engined Rapide S. The car efficiently performs operations with a groundbreaking 800V battery system compatible with DC fast chargers. It also has twin electric motors driving all 4-wheels with the equivalent of 602HP and its projected top speed is 155 MPH.
A moment of @astonmartin history. First Validation Prototype Aston Martin RapideE moves under its own power for the very first time with its breakthrough 800v battery. Great work from the development team which includes Williams Engineering. pic.twitter.com/b2mRaeCsNP
— Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) January 21, 2019
The owner of this car will be able to roll across the parking lot. It provides a look at the car beyond design drawings, concept models and sneak peeks. You might miss the roar of a petrol-powered V12, but even then, at least there will be a parking lot full of Aston Martins.
Palmer also referred to another piece of Aston Martin history that was made on the 21st, but he hasn’t announced what was that. The Rapide E car is expected to go on sale in the 4th quarter of the current year. People will be able to see more of it in motion very soon.