Luxury automakers are increasingly showing their interest to introduce the plug-in hybrid electric/all-electric cars, and the latest one seems to be Aston Martin. Aston Martin is mulling an all-electric version of its four-door luxury sports saloon, Aston Martin Rapide, reveals a new report from AutoExpress. If the project is given a green light soon, as per the report, the all-electric model could go on sale in the two to three years.
According to the report, the company is doing an engineering feasibility study with a UK engineering specialist, and also working on the replacement of the V12 engine with batteries to power the electric motor; while the top management executives are working on the business study for main markets U.S. and China. Citing Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, the report says that there won’t be a significant difference between the weight of the battery-powered and V12 Rapide, once the engine and drivetrain have been removed.
Adding to the CEO’s words, the report mentions that, given the high amount of power which could be as much as 1000 bhp, four-wheel drive is a must-have for the all-electric model. Batteries will take the place of the conventional engine under the hood and under the floor, while an inverter would be placed in the boot, and the electric motor would supply power to all four wheels, suggests the report.