Aston Martin gets serious with building electric vehicles

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All-electric Aston Martin to arrive by 2021 as a Lagonda

There's now no stopping Aston Martin towards their drive for producing electric vehicles. In fact, they're investing so much in it that they will be opening up a new facility just for the development and manufacturing of electric luxury vehicles.

The British luxury marque announced the return of the Lagonda brand a couple of years ago. They made a low-volume car named the Taraf back in 2014 but their main focus now is to be the electric vehicle division of Aston Martin, hence, the announcement of the new facility. With that, Lagonda aims to be the world's first, pure electric luxury car manufacturer. Along with the production of Lagondas, some Aston Martin models will be built there as well.

Aston Martin's Lagonda facility will be located in St. Athan, which is in the Welsh countryside. “Aston Martin sees itself as a future leader in the development of zero emission technologies, and I am delighted that St Athan will be our ‘Home of Electrification’ for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Group Chief Executive Officer.

The St. Athan plant is set to start rolling out vehicles before the decade ends. The first car that will be made in the new facility will be the DBX, set to be Aston Martin's first crossover. Production for the high-riding Aston Martin is slated for late 2019, within the brand's target timeline. After that, the first Lagondas will be built in the plant by 2021. Their first car will be the Rapide E, as confirmed by Palmer.

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