Aston Martin last week announced a partnership with Britishvolt to develop new battery technology.
In a press release, Aston said the goal is to make batteries for the planned “ultra-luxury performance electric vehicle.” Due to launch in 2025, it will be the British automaker’s first mass-produced electric vehicle after several false starts.
2020 Aston Martin Rapide E
Aston’s previous electric car, a track special edition called the Rapide E, never really hit the market. First, the partnership with LeEco — known at the time as “China’s Netflix” and a Faraday Future partner — fell apart. Although Williams Advanced Engineering continued to develop the car, it was phased out as part of mandatory cost-cutting.
With several hybrids also in development, Aston plans to electrify 20 percent of its fleet by 2024, with a technology-sharing program with Mercedes-Benz. Aston’s first plug-in hybrid – the Valhalla hypercar – is also scheduled to launch that year.
By 2026, Aston aims to offer every model an electric powertrain option, and wants to fully electrify its “core product portfolio” by 2030. However, that still leaves room for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Aston Martin Valhalla
The automaker confirmed plans for an electric sports car and an electric crossover in March 2021, and said in an interview later that year that the sports car would replace one of Aston’s current sports cars.
According to Aston, the partnership with Britishvolt will focus on developing a complete battery pack, including cylindrical cells developed by Britishvolt, as well as modules and a battery management system.
Lotus is also working with Britishvolt to develop batteries for the electric sports car, which will be launched in 2026 as a follow-up to the Evija supercar.