Aston Martin (finally) Unveiled Its First All Electric Car, The Rapide E

Aston Martin is making an all-electric car. Specifically, it’s making this all-electric car.

Beautiful, yes, and exclusive too, as the brand plans to produce just 155 of them.

The Aston Martin Rapide E, which made its international debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this week, is based on the existing gas-drinking Rapide sedan and, on the surface, it shares quite a bit in common with this older sibling.

In fact, it’s simpler to just list the differences: the Rapide E’s grille is grated rather than horizontally finned like on the sedan; the intake shape and fascia design have been re-imagined to make sure the 400-lb-heavier electric version cuts through the air properly; and there are some blue accents on the brake calipers and within the headlights.

Under the surface, however, things are quite different. The car runs on an 800-volt 65-kWh battery that charges at 500 km of range per hour when plugged into a high-speed charger, and will provide an estimated range of around 322 km per charge.

That battery pack passes the juice to a pair of twin motors mounted on the rear axle, which make 450 kW (or the equivalent to 600 horses) and provide the Rapide E with its rapidity (zing!), getting it up to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under four seconds and pressing it up to a top speed of 249 km/h.