Prestigious luxury car maker Aston Martin will launch its first-ever all-electric car in 2019, the RapidE - based upon the Rapide AMR concept. Limited to a run of just 155 models, this high performance zero emission machine will deliver four-door sports car looks and the dynamics of the Rapide S, but powered by an all-electric powertrain instead of a six-litre V12 engine.
Drawing on its extensive battery and electric vehicle experience, Williams Advanced Engineering has been tasked by Aston Martin to assist with the complex task of engineering the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain and integrating it into the flagship vehicle.
Williams Advanced Engineering has also been integral in manufacturing too. It recently led a consortium of organisations, including Aston Martin, in a successful bid for an APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre) Competition, known as H1perbat. This funding will be used to build a high performance, low volume, flexible battery manufacturing facility in the UK, with the battery for the RapidE being the ‘halo’ project for this facility.