Aston Martin Stories March 9

Luxury automaker Aston Martin has committed to building two battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the UK, beginning in 2025. The two BEVs in development will be a sports car and an SUV. With hybrid models in the pipeline as well, Aston Martin is inching toward EVs within a faster adapting automotive market.

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Aston Martin Stories November 30, 2020

A number of UK press outlets covered a report that claims that electric vehicles need to travel 50,000 miles before its carbon footprint is better than an ICE vehicle. We’ve seen this type of report debunked many times in the past so we didn’t think it was worth our time. But a number of big UK publications ran with it.

It looks like this report could have been a sleight of hand from British luxury maker Aston Martin and a “sock puppet” PR agency, according to two electric vehicle experts who did some digging.

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Aston Martin Stories January 13, 2020

After officially launching the “production version” of its first electric car last year, Aston Martin has now reportedly killed its Rapide-E electric car program. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories April 17, 2019

Aston Martin has officially launched the production version of its first all-electric car, the Rapide E, an electric sedan that will also become James Bond’s first all-electric vehicle. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories March 14, 2019

In the upcoming James Bond movie, Bond will swap out his V8 for the upcoming, limited-edition, all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E, according to a report in British tabloid The Sun.

The decision was apparently pushed for by the film’s new director, Cory Joji Fukunaga, who is apparently quite the “tree-hugger.”

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Aston Martin Stories March 5, 2019

Aston Martin looks to revive the Lagonda brand with electric vehicles starting with the Lagonda All-Terrain electric SUV concept.

At the Geneva Motor Show today, the British automaker unveiled the design of the concept. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories January 25, 2019

Aston Martin aims to bring its first all-electric vehicle, the Rapide E, to market by the end of the year and it has now unveiled the latest validation prototype, which is equipped with a new 800-volt powertrain. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories December 6, 2018

Aston Martin wants to take advantage of the growing interest in classic cars and combine it with their electrification effort to offer electric conversions of classic cars. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories September 12, 2018

Aston Martin unveiled a prototype of a Rapide converted with an all-electric drivetrain, the ‘Rapide E’, back in 2015. Now, the British automaker is releasing more details about its first electric vehicle ahead of the start of production next year and they released a teaser image. (above) expand full story

Aston Martin Stories December 11, 2017

Two years ago, Aston Martin announced that its first all-electric car effort when it unveiled a prototype of a Rapide converted with an all-electric drivetrain, the ‘RapidE’.

Now Andy Palmer, the British automaker’s CEO, elaborated on how he sees the vehicle’s position in the luxury segment – and compared it to Tesla. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories June 27, 2017

Back in 2015, Aston Martin unveiled a prototype of a Rapide converted with an all-electric drivetrain, the ‘RapidE’.

The British automaker announced today that they will bring the vehicle to production, but only with a limited run of 155 cars in 2019.  expand full story

Aston Martin Stories April 14, 2017

Williams Advanced Engineering, the tech division of the Williams Formula 1 team, had the battery supply contract for the Formula E, but its electric vehicle battery effort took a hit when McLaren won the new contract last year.

It’s apparently far from dead since we now learn that they got £100 million ($125 million USD) to build a battery factory in the UK. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories February 16, 2017

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Almost all supercars, or what are now referred to as “hypercars”, are coming out with at least some form of electric powertrain these days, like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, or the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Aston Martin with its upcoming new AM-RB 001 hypercar in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies is apparently no exception and will have a hybrid powertrain. The British automaker announced this week that the battery pack of its hybrid system will be manufactured by none other than Rimac, the maker of the all-electric Concept_One supercar. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories April 19, 2016

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has an affectionate nickname for Apple: The ‘Tesla Graveyard‘. “They have hired people we’ve fired,” Musk said. “We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple”. He made the comment after being asked about the so-called “poaching war” between the automaker and the consumer electronic giant following the start of Apple’s electric car program: ‘Project Titan‘.

We follow who’s coming and who’s going at Tesla pretty closely here at Electrek and it’s clear that the two companies share a lot of former colleagues. Tesla’s senior engineering staff and leadership are full of former Apple directors and VPs, while the Cupertino-based company hired quite a few former Tesla engineers, but rarely any senior leadership… until now.

Electrek, in collaboration with our sister-site 9to5Mac, has exclusively discovered and confirmed respectively that Apple hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Chris Porritt, to work on “special projects”, and we know that “special projects” is where Apple’s Titan car project lives. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories February 17, 2016

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When unveiling that all-electric RapidE concept last year, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer announced that the automaker will take an investment from a China-based group to develop the production version of the RapidE concept.

Today, the company announced the creation of a partnership with Faraday Future backer LeTV, or LeEco or Leshi (the group goes by many brand names), to develop and manufacture the RapidE. The group says they are now focused on bringing the vehicle to market in 2018. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories October 21, 2015

rapide1Just a few months after first speaking about the company’s plan to build an electric version of the Rapide, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer unveiled in London the all-electric vehicle earlier today during a state visit from the President of China, Xi Jinping. expand full story

Aston Martin Stories August 19, 2015

1624_aston_martin_rapideSpeaking at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last weekend, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer, confirmed to Automotive News that the British automaker plans on bringing to market a 800 hp all-electric version of the Rapide in 2 years.

The executive also expects an all-electric version of the DBX to follow shortly after the Rapide. expand full story

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