Aston Martin gears up to build electric cars at new Wales factory

Aston Martin’s new factory at St. Athan, Wales, will turn into a hub for electric cars, the automaker said in a statement. The factory will construct Aston’s first electric vehicle, as well as future luxury electric cars under the Lagonda sub-brand.The first electric car to roll out of St. Athan is going to be an electrical version of the Rapide four-door. The car was previously referred to as the”RapidE,” however Aston now says the official name will be”Rapide E.” Aston has not released final specifications, however a prototype unveiled in 2015 has been said to have between 800 and 1,000 horsepower, and a range of 200 miles. When production starts in 2019, the car will likely be built in restricted numbers for a warmup to larger-scale electric-car production.The Rapide E will likely be followed in 2021 by the first electric automobile generated under the Lagonda sub-brand. Lagonda started out as an independent automaker in 1904, and has been bought by Aston Martin savior David Brown in 1947, with Brown merging the two brands. The Lagonda name has since been used sporadically on luxury sedans, most recently in 2014 on the Lagonda Taraf.In the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Aston introduced the Lagonda Vision notion , a futuristic-looking electric limo, and announced plans to renew the Lagonda name to get a line of electric automobiles. The very first Lagonda production model is forecast to be a sedan like the Vision concept, followed by an SUV and coupe.Not everything built at St. Athan is going to be electrical. Aston previewed this model with the DBX concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. While the DBX had an electrical powertrain, the manufacturing SUV is expected to use internal-combustion power. The Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Lamborghini Urus have revealed that there is not any shortage of interest in high-end SUVs.SUV manufacturing will start together with the electrical Rapide E in 2019. Aston moved into the St. Athan center last year, observing with a donut session between $83.4 million worth of automobiles . The automaker said it is still in the process of converting three large hangars into an assembly line before the start of production