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Aston Martin to launch electric version of Rapide

British luxury car-maker Aston Martin plans to build an electric version of its Rapide in two to three years, CEO Andy Palmer said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal. Palmer said the company has already launched an electric-car research project, and is talking with suppliers to partner with.

He said Aston Martin is looking into “some pretty cool technologies coming from Silicon Valley,” but noted that had nothing to do with Tesla Motors. The Rapide is a four-door model based on the two-door DB9, and featuring the latter’s streamlined styling in the modern “four-door coupe” idiom

Aston previously built a prototype version of the Rapide, with an engine tuned to run on either gasoline or hydrogen. It competed in the 2013 24 Hours of Nüburgring endurance race. And at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show this past month, the company unveiled an all-electric crossover concept called the DBX.

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

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