Formula E may bring about production of the RapidE
Aston Martin may still not have and electric car in the production yet, but the company’s CEO Andy Palmer recently said that he’s considering to join the Formula E, which he considers as a perfect platform to put the RapidE into production.
"We don't have an electric car yet, but we will have in 2019. You can imagine the two coming together. I love Formula E," Palmer said in a report by Automotive News Europe. He also added that he would not until the drivers will be able to swap cars halfway through the race. "For me, the use of the two cars reinforces the range anxiety," he said. "That will change, and then it starts to get interesting,” he said in Automotive News Europe.
The upcoming season of the Formula E will be the last one that will require a driver swap. Starting next year (2018), the cars will be built with a longer-range battery that can last the race distance, which will be held on street circuits, rather than traditional racetracks.
In 2019, the Aston Martin RapidE will be available in the United Kingdom for £ 200,000 and it will be limited to 155 units.
Meanwhile, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have recently announced that they will be joining the global series for the 2019-20 season of Formula E.