Aston Martin RapidE Electric Vehicle May Arrive at Dealerships by 2018 | Edmunds

Aston Martin RapidE Electric Vehicle May Arrive at Dealerships by 2018


FRANKFURT, Germany — The Aston Martin RapidE, the British automaker's first electric vehicle, may arrive at Aston Martin dealerships by 2018, Aston Martin said on Wednesday.

Aston Martin announced the formation of a venture with Chinese tech group LeEco to develop the car.

"The partnership will see the two companies working together in developing and manufacturing RapidE, with potential for adding a range of next-generation connected electric vehicles on behalf of Aston Martin, LeEco and Faraday Future," Aston Martin said in a statement.

Pricing and technical specifications on a production version of the RapidE were not disclosed. It is basically an Aston Martin Rapide sedan with an electric powertrain and a modified name.

Faraday Future, a Southern California-based automotive startup company, created a sensation at the 2016 CES with the debut of its FFZERO1 electric concept vehicle.

The FFZERO1 churns out more than 1,000 horsepower and has a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

Competitors to the Aston Martin RapidE include the BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and Tesla Model S.

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