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Aston Martin delays first electric car to 2026 in favour of PHEVs

aston martin electric suv autocar render
aston martin electric suv autocar render

Aston Martin's EV will use battery cells and modules and drive units from Lucid

Aston Martin has pushed back its first electric car from 2025 to 2026, due to low consumer demand.

The company was scheduled to launch a high-riding, four-wheel-drive electric GT next year, but chairman Lawrence Stroll has told reporters that “consumer demand is not what we thought it was two years ago”, when the plans were first outlined.

He has confirmed that Aston Martin has designed four EVs but stopped short of confirming whether they're envisioned as direct replacements for the current line-up, which comprises three front-engined sports cars and the DBX SUV.

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"At this point, we're not willing to let the cat out of the bag regarding exactly what the BEVs are," Stroll said, refusing to be drawn on which segments Aston plans to launch EVs in.

Confirming that the first will now arrive a year later than planned, he said: "We believe that the consumer demand is not at the pace that analysts and politicians thought.

"We also do believe it will be there in the future; it's not going away. We just think there's a slight delay to the project."

As it transitions from pure-ICE to a pure-EV line-up, Aston Martin will use plug-in hybrid powertrains as a "bridging" technology for its customers.

The British brand's first PHEV is the mid-engined Valhalla supercar, due to be launched in the final quarter of this year with an electrified V8 arrangement supplied by Mercedes-AMG.