Aston Martin To Go Fully Hybrid By Mid 2020s

Aston Martin Valkyrie with near-production body

According to Andy Palmer, in an interview with The Financial Times, the CEO let slip that the marque's upcoming sports auto will forgo a V12 or V8 in place of a smaller V6, and a manual gearbox.

The wealthy auto buyers of the next decade will be more inclined to buy electric, according to several reports and predictions we've read, because younger people tend to be more open to new and different technologies over and above tech that has been seen and done by dozens of generations past.

According to the CEO of Aston Martin, we can all expect to see more electrified models from Aston Martin in the near future.

To launch in late 2019, the auto, known as the DBX, will initially be powered by V8 and V12 petrol engines, but Palmer has confirmed a hybrid model is also in the works.

Unlike its current AMG-sourced V8s, Palmer admits that the battery and hybrid technology development need to be kept, "inside the company". Aston Martin is already working on an EV, with a fully electric version of the Rapide sedan called the RapidE set to hit the streets in 2019. The vehicle is expected to launch with V8 and V12 engines, but will eventually be offered as a hybrid. "We believe that EVs are a core technology, and therefore we want to do them ourselves".

However, for a low-volume manufacturer of exotic sports cars, Aston Martin's commitment to electrification is much more profound. There's also the hybrid Valkyrie hypercar in the works, an F1 auto for the road that's being designed by Aston Martin in conjunction with Red Bull Racing's Adrian Newey.

Aston Martin's announcement is significant because it's a high-end luxury performance vehicle maker, however, whose target demographic is precisely motoring enthusiasts.

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