New Aston Martins to be fully hybrid-powered by mid-2020s

Lynne Hanson
August 30, 2017

Aston Martin is already working on an EV, with a fully electric version of the Rapide sedan called the RapidE set to hit the streets in 2019.

Aston Martin chief executive Dr. Andy Palmer has announced that the British sports vehicle brand will electrify its entire product range by the mid 2020s, becoming the latest auto manufacturer to pledge a hybrid and all-electric future.

Until the end of July, VFACTS data shows Aston Martin delivered 87 cars to Australian buyers, a jump of 17 cars, or 24%, on the same period a year ago. CEO Andy Palmer has told the Financial Times that "We will be 100 per cent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s".

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Rather than buying in electric systems from technology partner Daimler, which now supplies its V8 engine and some of the electronics, Aston plans to develop its electric driving systems in-house. But that will be a limited-run model, with only 115 planned. There will also be a hybrid power unit in the Valkyrie, a multi-million pound hypercar with Formula One performance and designed in partnership with the Red Bull F1 team. Like Volvo, some of these will just be 48V mild hybrids.

Addressing the company's plans to develop its own electric and hybrid systems, despite recently partnering with Mercedes for its V8 engines, Palmer said: "You need to keep core technology inside the company". Palmer likened EVs to Aston Martin's V12, calling them a "core technology" that needs to be kept inside the company.

Around 20 percent of the company's top-end cars are now exported to the USA whilst 15 percent are sold to the European Union, with whom unfettered tariff-free trade is at risk depending on the outcome of Brexit talks. The good news is that the technology can enhance the driving experience.

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