Prestigious luxury car maker Aston Martin will launch its first-ever all-electric car in 2019, the Rapide E - based upon the Rapide AMR concept. Limited to a run of 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 E’s all-electric powertrain and integrating it into the flagship vehicle.
Williams Advanced Engineering has also been integral in manufacturing. In 2017 it led a consortium of organisations, including Aston Martin, in a successful bid for an APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre) Competition, which became known as H1perbat. This project inspired Hyperbat, a joint venture between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group, that will manufacture high-performance batteries for electric vehicles, with the Rapide E as the launch customer.