Aston Martin offered a glimpse into what may be it future. The "E" is capitalized in its latest RapidE, emphasizing that this Rapide is all electric car. For now, the RapidE is just a prototype. So Aston Martin isn't ready to talk specifics on specs.
However, Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, has previously stated that the electric car would come in two flavors. There will be a rear-wheel-drive model that churns out 550 HP and has a range of 200 miles, alongside another version that'll offer even more power, possibly with 800 to 1,000 HP.
The prototype car made its debut at London, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The group met at a summit hosted by the U.K.'s Trade & Investment department at Lancaster House.
Aston Martin chose to unveil the car during that time to evidence what it could do with the assistance of some Chinese might. During the event, Aston Martin announced that it had partnered with ChinaEquity to explore taking the concept car beyond a prototype.
"We see luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of our future product portfolio and welcome ChinaEquity into the next phase of study for the project development," said Palmer. "The exciting RapidE concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars."
ChinaEquity Chairman Chaoyong Wang applauded Aston Martin's "social responsibility" in working on the zero-emissions car.
"We are excited to participate in the development of the RapidE and to make a contribution to Sino-British clean energy and green environmental strategy," said Wang. "We feel confident that there are significant opportunities for electric cars in China and the world."
During the event at Lancaster House, Aston Martin also offered the Duke and Duchess a look at the DB10. There are just ten of the cars and one will be featured in the upcoming James Bond movie, Spectre.
"I'm naturally very happy to see Aston Martin playing such a prominent role in today's events at Lancaster House, supporting the GREAT Britain initiative through the display of the DB10 built for Spectre," said Palmer.