Aston Martin's First Electric Sedan Quietly Rolls Into View - Surge Zirc SA
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Earlier this week, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer tweeted out a very important moment for his company: the first time its Rapide E prototype drove off under its own power. It’s the company’s first electric car, designed under a mandate to “retain and enhance the feel, character and delivery of the V12-engined Rapide S.”

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It will do that with a groundbreaking 800V battery system compatible with DC fast chargers, as well as twin electric motors driving all four wheels with the equivalent of 602HP to a projected top speed of 155 MPH.

You can watch it slowly roll across the parking lot in a video below, giving a look at the car beyond design drawings, concept models and sneak peeks. You might miss the roar of a petrol-powered V12, but even then, at least there’s a parking lot full of Aston Martins in view as well.

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Palmer also referred to “another piece of Aston Martin history” that was made on the 21st, but so far has not revealed what that is. The Rapide E is supposed to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, so we should see more of it in motion soon.