Aston Martin To Go Fully Hybrid By Mid 2020s

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Aston Martin had previously announced plans to launch its first fully electric auto, the Rapid-e, by 2019.

The Valkyrie is also an extremely low-volume hybrid, an F1 vehicle for the road designed by Adrian Newey. He added that a quarter of Aston Martins sold will be fully electric "by the end of the next decade". Aston Martin hasn't revealed any details about its future hybrid powertrains, but Financial Times speculates that the hybrid powertrain will marry a V6 to an electric motor. Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer has revealed that by the mid-2020s all of its models will be powered by a hybrid powertrain.

In addition to the hybrid models, Aston Martin is also looking at fully electric models. But that will be a limited-run model, with only 115 planned.

Aston Martin's first hybrid will be the Valkyrie hypercar due out in 2018.

As the automotive industry goes more and more insane for hybrid power to help meet fuel economy goals and to lure in buyers who want to be green, even sports vehicle makers are going hybrid. Like Volvo, some of these will just be 48V mild hybrids.

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

"You need to keep core technology inside the company", said Dr. Palmer. But battery cells will be brought in from outside.

Around 20 percent of the company's top-end cars are now exported to the USA whilst 15 percent are sold to the European Union, with whom unfettered tariff-free trade is at risk depending on the outcome of Brexit talks.

The automaker, which posted record first-half pre-tax profit on Friday, will boost its global volumes by around a third to roughly 5,000 cars this year. The good news is that the technology can enhance the driving experience.

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