Production of an all-new fully electric sports car and SUV pairing at Aston Martin is set to commence in four years time, according to a spate of overnight reports from Europe.
The news stems from company chairman Lawrence Stroll (father of Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll). Speaking to Financial Times, Stroll said a new “battery sports car” and SUV combo would be produced at the brand’s Gaydon and St Athan factories.
In the interview, Stroll added that Aston Martin could lean on its relationship with Mercedes-Benz for electric powertrain supply. Daimler currently holds a 20 per cent stake in Aston Martin, which has greased the wheel for a lot of the current parts sharing the two firms currently utilise.
It’s been a heavy few weeks for Europe’s car brands, with a range of them all pledging to drop internal combustion cars in the coming years in some capacity, some as soon as 2025. Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Bentley, and Volkswagen are among those to make statements.
Aston Martin also recently made a statement, confirming that 90 per cent of its line-up will be electrified by 2030 — allowing for a 10 per cent window of pure internal combustion vehicles. This despite the upcoming sales ban of such vehicles in Aston’s home market in 2030.
“Electric drive is part of our journey and our product plan for the future. We should achieve something by the middle of the decade – that’s the ballpark. That’s the period of time and I think it’s crucial,” said Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers in the brand’s electrification announcement.
“We have re-established engineering in the company on a different level and we have a lot of possibilities in mind. We have to finally do that, we have to finally line it up, but we have a clear ambition for 2030.”