The electric car prepares to move into the new age

The electric car prepares to move into the new age 6th July 2015

Electric cars have been growing in prevalence over the past few years, as more manufacturers bring out eco-friendly models and we see an increasing number of charging stations pop up in convenient areas for drivers of such vehicles. 

However, if there's one thing that's been missing from the world of electric cars, it's been the truly high-end models, designed to tempt even the most vehement petrol head into parting with some cash for an environmentally-friendly alternative. 

This could be about to end, though, with Aston Martin revealing that it is working on an electric sports car that could bring this type of vehicle into the 21st century and encourage a wider spectrum of buyer. 

The company is working on a four-door pure electric car with 1,000bhp, which could go into production by 2020, it has said, as it looks for a way to reduce the CO2 emissions of its range of high-end cars. 

Speaking at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, chief executive officer Andy Palmer said that a prototype based on the Aston Martin Rapide already exists as a way to allow engineers to work out where to place the battery to achieve the optimum weight distribution in the vehicle. 

“I’m a great advocate of electric vehicles, not for fuel economy, but for performance,” he said. 

“We are working on a car that would look like a four-wheel-drive, 1,000bhp Rapide. There is a prototype running around. It’s not a formal part of our six-year plan but it might have to become part of it if we have a regulatory issue.”

This new move is just one of a number of exciting new announcements from Aston Martin, which is also planning to bring out the new DB9 next year, before working on newer versions of the Vantage and Vanquish in subsequent years.

Posted by Danielle Barge