Aston Martin and Peugeot Choose China For Production EV Launches

Both Aston Martin and Peugeot have debuted production models of their electrified vehicles in China pointing the way to where carmakers believe will be the world’s top EV marketplace.

The Aston Martin Rapide E supercar and the range-topping long wheel-base Peugeot 508L PHEV executive cruiser are among the production cars stealing the limelight at the Shanghai International Auto Show 2019, this week. The move by both is to garner sales from a nation buying heavily into the wave of electrification at a time when demand remains sluggish in many other markets, notably the US and, to a lesser extent, Europe.

China’s ruling communist authority has stated its intent to roll-out electrified vehicles and infrastructure both to reduce pollution in what has been a rapidly expanding industrial economy and also to benefit from possessing most of the world’s raw ingredients required to manufacture lithium-ion batteries.

Peugeot’s 508L PHEV hopes to target the growing number of middle management executives in China and will probably use the same plug-in hybrid system seen on the smaller 508 hybrid. Aston Martin’s supercar, however, will be a full BEV employing a 800-volt battery pack and claiming 610PS in equivalent power, a 200-miles range and a 0-62mph sprint time of less than four seconds. Production of the car will be initially limited to 155 models and clearly targets the burgeoning wealthy consumers in China.

Dr Andy Palmer, president and group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “As our first all-electric production car, it is a truly historic step. One that signals Aston Martin is prepared for the huge challenge of an environmentally responsible and sustainable future. As a car company we cannot afford to passively allow that future to come to us; we have to actively chase it. Only by doing this can we learn and prepare, but also preserve those things we love as drivers and car enthusiasts.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_



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