Aston Martin considering all-electric Rapide

If built, the battery-powered Rapide will boast about 1,000 horsepower.

Aston Martin has announced that the Rapide S sedan could spawn its first-ever regular-production electric vehicle.

Designed primarily for the United States and China, the all-electric Rapide will be fitted with a high-capacity battery pack located in the engine bay and in the transmission tunnel and an electric motor mounted over each axle. The motors will work together to generate at least 1,000 horsepower, 450 more than the Rapide S' 6.0-liter V12 engine.

Recent advances in battery technology will allow the electric Rapide to offer a total driving range of about 200 miles. Aston has not revealed if the drivetrain's main components are being developed in-house or if they are sourced from another automaker, but company CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed to British magazine Auto Express that an engineering feasibility study is already under way in the United Kingdom.

Although the project is a little controversial, Palmer explained that introducing an electric car will help Aston Martin meet the stringent CO2 regulations that are expected to come into effect over the next few years. This will in turn make it possible for the automaker to avoid downsizing and keep its V12 mill alive in the foreseeable future.

Palmer did not reveal when executives will decide whether or not to launch the battery-powered Rapide. If built, the sedan is expected to go on sale in approximately two or three years with a base price that will lie in the vicinity of £200,000, a sum that converts to nearly $300,000.

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