Aston Martin is a renowned car manufacturer famous for stylish and luxurious vehicles. This Automobile manufacturer plans to move from reliance on V8 and V12 combustion engines to gasoline-electric engines and later to all-electric motors by 2030.
A brief history of Aston Martin
The automotive brand was founded in 1913 by two motoring fanatics, Lionel Martin and Robert Bramford. Since then, it has changed ownership multiple times. Despite its successes, the company has also experienced some troubled times.
Aston Martin got its name from a motoring event in Buckinghamshire, England, in which Lionel Martin took part in the Aston Clinton Hill race and became the winner. In 1915, the company released its first vehicle, nicknamed the ‘Coal Scuttle.’
Many years later, in 2007, Ford, which had purchased the luxury automaker in 1987, sold the company to a consortium led by David Richards. Over a century since its inception, the company is still soldiering on doing what they know best— manufacturing high-end sports cars.
Aston Martin is planning to launch its first electric vehicle in 2025
According to Car and Driver, Aston Martin’s CEO Tobias Moers stated the company plans to launch its first electric vehicle (EV) in 2025. Before then, it plans to focus on hybrid powertrains. The company recently presented a concept of a hybrid super sports car Valhalla, which will be launched in the market by 2023. Shortly after its release, it will launch a plug-in model of the DBX into the market.
Aston Martin unveiled its plans to make electric vehicles on April 22, 2022, coincidentally on World Earth Day. Its new plan, dubbed “racing green,” is the company’s sustainability initiative to make contributions to climate change and support a better environment. The launch of the all-electric vehicles by 2025 is a significant step in the company’s aim of manufacturing fully electrified vehicles by 2030.
The company has assembled an engineering team to spearhead its lineup of all-electric vehicles by 2030. According to its CEO, Aston Martin will ensure all its vehicles include an electric portion by 2026.
Plans to be fully electric by 2030
According to TechRadar, the company plans to transition to fully electric vehicles by 2030, although the change to complete EVs will be gradual. In creating EVs, Aston Martin focuses on charging time, on-track performance, and extreme personalization of electric vehicles.
The automaker is partnering with several companies in the research and engineering of its EVs. First, they are tapping on the experience and EV technology from the German brand Mercedes-Benz to make it next-generation EVs. Mercedes currently owns about 20% of Aston Martin and supplies the company with some in-car technology and V8 engines. Aston Martin will source EV batteries from Mercedes-Benz if all goes well.
Aston Martin is also working closely with Britishvolt to develop new technologies that will power the company’s EVs. In this partnership, the company seeks technologies that match its reputation for ultra-luxury, sustainability, and high-performance standards. Britishvolt is a lithium-ion battery cell technology manufacturer that creates battery cell technology for high-performance cars. The joint development and research team will create an efficient battery system and battery packs for future EVs.
According to the company, its next generation of sports cars will be purely electric, although some brands will be hybrids. So, while the company is partnering with others in engineering electric vehicles, its core goals are to create in-house competence for EVs.
Aston Martin is phasing out V12 engine vehicles, but it’ll continue to manufacture them because some buyers will opt for mid-sized gas-powered cars before the company fully transitions to all-electric vehicles.