This Is When Aston Martin's First Electric Sports Car Will Arrive

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It will be built in the UK alongside Aston Martin's first electric SUV.

Compared to other automakers that have announced ambitious strategies to become electric-only brands within the next few years, Aston Martin is late to the EV party and doesn't have a single battery-electric car in its lineup. Originally, the Rapide E was going to serve as Aston Martin's first-ever fully electric model, but the company canned the electric sports sedan last year and Aston Martin's relaunch of Lagonda as a luxury EV sub-brand has also been postponed. Since Mercedes acquired a 20 percent stake in the company, Aston Martin's EV plans are finally gaining traction.

Speaking with the Financial Times, company boss Lawrence Stroll confirmed Aston Martin will build an electric sports car and SUV from 2025.

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The sports car will be built at Aston Martin's plant in Gaydon, England, while the SUV will be built in St Athan, Wales. Details are scarce, but Stroll promises Aston Martin's EVs will have "our beautiful body, our suspension, our vehicle dynamics, [and] our bespoke interiors" to stand out from the competition. Model names for the electric sports car and SUV haven't been confirmed, but Aston Martin hasn't yet ruled out using the DB moniker.

While the automaker hasn't announced which platforms and powertrains will be sourced from Mercedes, there's a good chance the German automaker will provide battery technology for Aston Martin's new electric cars. However, Stroll confirmed Aston Martin is "looking at all options," so it's possible they could find an alternative battery supplier.

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Despite the UK imposing a ban on selling gasoline and diesel cars from 2030, Stroll confirmed Aston Martin will continue making cars with traditional combustion engines after 2025. Before its first EVs arrive in 2025, Aston Martin will begin embracing electrification this year with the launch of the new hybrid DBX. More hybrid cars will launch from 2023, enabling Aston Martin to electrify 90 percent of its model lineup by 2030.

"We are way ahead of our rivals, and all because of our partnership with Mercedes," Stroll said. Ferrari plans to launch its first electric car by 2030, while Bentley's first EV will launch in the middle of the decade. McLaren and Lamborghini, on the other hand, have remained tight-lipped about their future EV plans.

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Source Credits: Financial Times

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