Aston Martin Mixing Things Up

Aston Martin Mixing Things Up

Aston Martin Mixing Things Up

Aston is looking to electrification as more and more European countries aim to ban non-hybrid cars in the decades to come.

"We will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s", Palmer said in the interview.

Aston Martin's entire new auto lineup will be powered by hybrid electric engines within a decade, and the company's first sports utility vehicle will arrive as soon as 2019. There will also be a hybrid power unit in the Valkyrie, a multi-million pound hypercar with Formula One performance and designed in partnership with the Red Bull F1 team.

He also added that Aston Martin will be working on their own electric motor instead of sourcing it from a supplier and they have all the intention of keeping it in-house. According to the FT, the Aston announcement isn't quite the same as this - hybrid powertrains will be optional on every model but non-hybrid cars will continue on sale.

According to Andy Palmer, in an interview with The Financial Times, the CEO let slip that the marque's upcoming sports vehicle will forgo a V12 or V8 in place of a smaller V6, and a manual gearbox.

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"You need to keep core technology inside the company", said Mr Palmer.

We certainly hope this doesn't mean that Aston is set to retire the V12 engine, a hybrid V12 we could live with, no V12 at all would upset Aston purists.

The first fully electric vehicle that Aston Martin is scheduled to introduce will be the RapidE sedan, followed shortly thereafter by the DBX crossover.

Further out, Aston Martin plans to offer an increasing number of pure electric cars.

With £ 410.4 million in pre-tax profits in the first six months of the year (up from 211.8 million last year), Aston Martin is clearly back in the green.

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