Aston Martin plugs into an electric future
Rapide E is the company’s first all-electric production car
Aston Martin Lagonda has revealed the final production-ready iteration of its first all-electric production car, with the Rapide E making its world debut at China’s Auto Shanghai motor show this week. Rapide E is a pivotal model for the luxury marque. The first car to be built at Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art St Athan production facility — the brand’s Home of Electrification — Rapide E represents a first step towards achieving the company’s wider electrification strategy and the successful fruition of Lagonda as the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand. A special edition with a production run limited to 155 units, Rapide E has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). The car’s forged aluminium aerodynamic wheels — shod with bespoke low rolling-resistance Pirelli P-Zero tyres — have been designed to give greater efficiency without compromising brake-cooling capability. These and other aerodynamic tweaks help the Rapide E to be 8% more aerodynam...