Aston Martin has announced an investment plan of 653 million pounds that should allow it, in addition to paying off its debts, to increase its production capacity and advance its electrification strategy. The British firm’s first electric car is scheduled to hit the market in 2025, just a year after its first plug-in hybrid, which will be based on the DBX SUV.
Aston Martin has confirmed that its front-engine grand touring cars (Vantage, DB11, DBS) will be the first to be electrified, while members of its mid-engine supercar/hypercar range (Vanquish, Valhalla, Valkyrie) will remain faithful to the internal combustion for a few more years.
According to the English press, Aston Martin is currently studying the possibility of using an external platform to develop its first electric models. Among the names being considered are Lucid, Rimac, and Mercedes-Benz, with the latter company being the most likely to win the game because it is a shareholder in Gaydon’s firm.
Mercedes-Benz currently owns 9.7% of Aston Martin; in fact, the V8 engine used in some of its models is of AMG origin. The infotainment systems also come from the German group; therefore, it would not be surprising that in the future both companies would strengthen ties even more.
Aston Martin’s largest shareholder is the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
We must remember that Mercedes-AMG is developing a specific platform for electric sports cars, the AMG.EA, which would fit perfectly into Aston Martin’s plans to create a range of 100% electric grand touring cars. However, this is not the only open possibility.
And it is that the main shareholder of Aston Martin is the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which owns 16.7% of the manufacturer. As readers will remember, the PIF is also the largest shareholder in the American startup Lucid, so Aston Martin could choose to employ its advanced technology in its future electric models.
Finally, it should be borne in mind that Aston Martin is also interested in collaborating with Rimac, although everything seems to indicate that the result of this union would not be a grand tourer, a “halo” hypercar developed taking the savages as a starting point. Pininfarina Battista and Rimac Refrigerator.