A bit late to the whole electric motor scene, Aston Martin has revealed their first pre-production vehicle housing an electronic motor. We’ve been told that it is called the Aston Martin RapidE…..and apart from the obvious cosmetic observations…..that is about all we know about it, except that it’ll likely produce 600kW and go on for around 320km of range.
One of the biggest limitations of electric motors compared to petrol motors is the range. 320km doesn’t seem like much, but compared to the combustion engine equipped equivalent Rapide, the electric version only falls short by around 200km (assuming you actually achieved the rated fuel consumption). But if you’re seriously concerned with range, a high performance sports car is typically not your first choice.
What this car lacks in range, it’ll definitely make up for in driving experience and luxury. Electric motors, when compared to their combustion counterparts, offer immediate power with maximum torque available from the get-go. This, combined with an all-wheel drive system, will allow for rapid, but smooth acceleration. Aston Martin are renowned for making their cars look like a CEO’s penthouse office, with slick leather seats, smooth metals accentuating the interior trim, and gadgetry worthy of Bond himself. The RapidE will likely encounter the same all-star treatment.
It seems that Aston Martin have geared this car towards business taxi rather than the ultimate drive, with four doors, and a roomy rear section. It all makes sense. A CEO would love something classy and exciting, but also something quite enough so that they can talk with ease in the back. This becomes all too evident when you look at meetings between Aston Martin executives and the Chinese President. China, as we all know, is a place where businesses of all types are booming, and the demand for a luxury ‘taxi’ has never had such high presence until now.
Although the decision on whether or not the car will go into production is still pending, we should still admire the fact that automotive companies, even those known for high performance cars, are gearing towards the future, and embracing cleaner technology.
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