Aston Martin cars to be 100% hybrid by mid 2020s

30 Августа, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • The Aston Martin DB11 car during the Geneva Motor Show on 8 March 2017

Until the end of July, VFACTS data shows Aston Martin delivered 87 cars to Australian buyers, a jump of 17 cars, or 24%, on the same period previous year.

It's not as audacious a goal as it might've seemed even just a few years ago; Volvo has committed to selling only hybrid or electric cars by 2019, and Britain and France have both outlined plans to ban the sale of non-electric or hybrid vehicles by 2040. This means every Aston made will have a combustion engine and battery power along with it. Germany has set itself a deadline of 2030, while the Netherlands expects to reach 100% hybrid sales by 2025.

Aston Martin's CEO told the Financial Times that the company "will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s". He added that a quarter of Aston Martins sold will be fully electric "by the end of the next decade".

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Palmer also told the FT that Aston Martin will develop its electric motor technology internally, rather than borrowing it from technical partner Mercedes-Benz (which now supplies the company with some electronics as well as a V8 engine). Saying, "that's why we make our own V12 engine. We believe that EVs are a core technology, and therefore we want to do them ourselves".

To launch in late 2019, the auto, known as the DBX, will initially be powered by V8 and V12 petrol engines, but Palmer has confirmed a hybrid model is also in the works. It will initially buy lithium-ion battery cells from a supplier, but the company plans to bring its battery production in-house one day as well. There's also the hybrid Valkyrie hypercar in the works, an F1 auto for the road that's being designed by Aston Martin in conjunction with Red Bull Racing's Adrian Newey.

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