Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. tells the Financial Times it will offer a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain option throughout its lineup within 10 years.
CEO Andy Palmer adds that about 25% of those luxury performance cars will be all-electric by the end of the next decade. He adds that the company will continue to offer purse piston-powered variants too—at least until 2040, when the U.K. says it will ban the sale of non-hybrid vehicles.
Aston Martin plans to introduce its first all-electric model, the Rapid-e sedan (pictured), in 2019. Palmer tells FT the company is developing the electric drive in-house because it considers the system a necessary core technology. That includes building its own batteries, although cells with which to make them will be procured from an outside supplier.
Aston Martin’s first crossover vehicle, the DBX, will debut in 2019 with piston power only. But Palmer says the model may offer a hybrid powertrain later.
Will self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles mark the end of steering wheels?
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.