Media reported that Aston Martin last week signed a deal involving up to 20% of the shares in exchange for Mercedes-Benz’s electric car technology. It is understood the company has previously been allowed to use the AMG V8 petrol engine and has surrendered a 2.3 per cent stake. But the new protocol further covers hybrid and pure electric powertrans, as well as the software and other technologies that go with it.
Given Aston Martin’s vast electrification ambitions and the fact that there is no research and development budget to spend, the importance of this partnership speaks for itself.
Media pointed out that the company has been developing a hybrid system for the upcoming Valhalla super-run to combine the electric motor with the turbocharged V6 engine. The high-performance coupe is scheduled to start production in 2021, but the number is likely to be limited to 500 units.
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But tobias Moers, the company’s CEO, said in a recent interview with Auto News that things could change a little.
Although Aston Martin is still working on his own V6 hybrid, the company has a new alternative after a new deal with Mercedes, so it is “premature” to make a final decision on the Valhalla super-run.
There is no doubt that Aston Martin will be “how fast and efficient” to achieve the electrification of other models. DbX SUVs, which went into production earlier this year, for example, are expected to have plug-in hybrid options in 2023 (similar to bentley’s more hybrid route).
At the same time, the new Vanquish mid-engine coupe will also usher in an electrified power bus. Moers has not disclosed exactly what form it will take.
Several models will be equipped with Mercedes’ EQ Boost system in the product line using the AMG engine to improve the vehicle’s short-term zero-start performance and low-speed torque performance.
As for the Legonda brand reboot plan that was previously considered (for pure electric luxury performance-class product lines), as well as the lagonda Vision Concept and Lagonda All-Terrain Concept concept concepts that have been shown to the public, it’s a shame they’ve been abandoned.
Finally, Moers expects the first Aston Martin model to use Mercedes’ new technology to be available from late 2021 to early 2022, with a one-in-four electrification in 2024.