Aston Martin is joining the ranks of auto manufacturers that promise to sell only electric vehicles in the surprisingly near future. Many manufacturers are pledging to become less harmful to the environment in both the manufacturing and on-road stage. From the likes of BMW vowing to use recycled aluminum to Porsche changing the iconic 718 lineup to EVs only, many companies are pledging to improve their environmental impact from start to finish.
Aston Martin already has some EV development in its recent past
Autoevolution says that Aston Martin is due to launch its first hybrid vehicle in 2024. Though there isn’t any official word, some suspect that the mid-engine overhaul of the iconic Vanquish name will be the candidate. Additionally, the company intends to release its first battery-only production car in 2025.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2019, Aston Martin debuted the Rapide E, an all-electric version of the brand’s four-door sedan. Aston intended on making 155 production models of that car. However, it seems it has hit the chopping block since then. There is a possibility, though, that it may make a return as the first all-electric Aston Martin. Additionally, Autoevolution adds that the electric components Aston used at the time were not quite up to snuff for modern standards. The British company likely canceled it because it just wasn’t good enough.
Aston Martin’s move to electric, alongside other European manufacturers, comes on the heels of the Euro-7 standard. It’s effectively a law that states all auto manufacturers have to reduce emissions by 2025. It’s no small goal, either. The government wants a reduction between 60 and 90 percent. Autoevolution says that many European manufacturers find the timeframe to be unfairly optimistic. However, it certainly hasn’t stopped manufacturers from trying to change the way they do things.
The iconic sports car brand doesn’t just want to make its cars better for the environment
Aston doesn’t just intend to make its cars better for the environment. The company’s CEO, Tobias Moers, envisions an entirely green production facility. Not only that, Moers hopes to have an entirely green supply chain by 2039.
“Whilst embracing electrification, we believe our sustainability ambitions must be broader than just producing emissions-free vehicles, and want to drive sustainability principles across our entire business, with a team representative of society proudly producing responsible products with a reduced environmental impact and making a positive contribution to the communities where we operate,” said Moers.
Though it is ambitious, Moers is confident that Aston Martin can become “a world-leading sustainable ultra-luxury business.”
Obviously, the remarkable acceleration and performance that comes alongside the use of electric motors is really just a plus. Aston Martin certainly isn’t known for creating cars that are slouches. Unfortunately, its V8 and V12 engines alone just don’t sit all that well on the environmental side of things. So, the mix of its legacy for sports cars combined with the brutal acceleration of electric vehicles will certainly make for vehicles that are fun to drive.
Nobody can say for sure what the future holds when it comes to the world automotive market turning to EVs. However, it’s safe to assume that they’re going to be very fast and fun to drive!