Earlier this year, CEO of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, hinted that the company was working on an electric car version of Rapide sedan model which claims to have zero emissions. He further mentioned that originally the company did not plan to make an electric car, however, in order to keep up with the stricter environmental regulations, the company decided to make it. The first electric car production will be launched sometime in 2017.
Palmer said that the electric car will have 1000 horsepower and all-wheel drive. He further added that the prototype is ready; it’s just that the engineers are currently working to achieve the 50/50 weight distribution by adjusting the battery cells distribution. There is no confirmation on the price tag, however with the standard Rapide priced from $205,000, the electric version is expected to be priced somewhere between $200,000 – $250,000 range. Tesla Model S is priced at $142,000 for the highest specification model.
Palmer also took the opportunity to confirm the development of electric utility vehicle named DBX. It was shown as a concept in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle will be initially offered as a plug-in hybrid in 2019 whiles the gas and pure electric version launching in the following years. It will be launced with four doors, however, the company also considered a two door versions.