Aston Martin chalks out electric mobility plan as UK decides to switch to EVs by 2030
In the wake of a global push towards electric mobility, the UK government decided last year to ban all new petrol and diesel cars in the country by 2030. The country, however, will allow the sales of hybrid cars till 2035, post which only all-electric vehicles will be sold.
In line with this announcement, more and more carmakers are planning to embrace electric mobility, even the ones that have a rich legacy of making high-performance petrol and diesel engines. Jaguar and Land Rover have already embarked on a journey to go all-electric while even Bentley has decided to sell only electric vehicles by 2030. Joining these carmakers is Aston Martin that has chalked out electric mobility plan. The iconic British brand intends to electrify 90 per cent of its lineup by 2030 as part of ‘Project Horizon’. The company, however, will continue to offer internal combustion engine (ICE) based vehicles to customers outside the UK.
Aston Martin is likely to leverage its technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz (that also owns a 20 per cent stake in Aston) to develop electric vehicles. The first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Aston Martin will be the DBX SUV; the hybrid car is expected to launch by 2023 and is likely to use the same powertrain that propels Mercedes-AMG cars — a 4.0-litre V8 along with a 132 bhp electric motor that develops up to 789 bhp. With that being said, we must not ignore the possibility of an Aston Martin using the TM01 3.0-litre, V6 hybrid powertrain that is originally supposed to be used on Valhalla when it enters production. However, the technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz is reportedly pushing Aston Martin to opt for Mercedes-AMG hybrid powertrain.
Aston Martin also noted that Aston Martin PHEV DBX will be followed an all-electric Aston Martin car by 2025. And as for the existing DB11, DBS, and Vantage models, the carmaker may not add an electrified variant of these cars to its lineup given that they have already been on sale for quite a while and need a refresh.