Aston Martin’s second major UK manufacturing facility will become the company’s centre for electrification and the production home of the Lagonda brand.
The Aston Martin Rapide E will be built at St Athan airfield in Wales when production commences in 2019.
Lagonda heralds the beginning of a new range of luxury vehicles that will commence production in 2021. The ‘Lagonda Vision Concept’ was revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Aston Martin sees itself as a future leader in the development of zero emission technologies, and I am delighted that St Athan will be our ‘Home of Electrification’ for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands.
“The Rapide E will spearhead development of Aston Martin’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy. With the reintroduction of the Lagonda brand, this is a demonstration of how electrification features prominently in our business plan moving forward.”
Aston Martin St Athan is now in the final phase of becoming a state-of-the-art vehicle assembly facility. The project includes the conversion of three super hangars on the former Ministry of Defence site.
Aston Martin Rapide E
- Rapide E to be Aston Martin’s first Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
- Aston Martin developing Rapide E with Williams Advanced Engineering
- Production run of 155 units
- Twin electric motors to produce over 610PS and 950Nm of torque creating most powerful Rapide model
- Features innovative 800V battery system; DC/DC converter facilitates fast charging, even on 400V network
- Cars will be built in dedicated facility at Aston Martin’s St. Athan site
- First customer deliveries scheduled for Q4 2019
Rapide E’s range target is over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851.2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger.
However, the car’s 800V high-voltage battery system enables faster charging of 3101.2 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher.
Projected top speed for the Rapide E is 155mph, with a sub-4.0sec 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5sec.
The car’s exterior and underbody has also been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aerodynamic wheels.