Aston Martin has confirmed its St Athan plant will become the firm’s centre for electrification, housing production of its electric vehicles.
Still under construction at the former RAF base in Wales and set to open next year, it will be responsible for building the first Aston EV – the Rapide E – due to go into production in 2019.
The Rapide E will kick off a range of battery-powered machinery to come from the firm – with the DBX crossover to follow shortly after.
Vehicles from the British luxury firm’s Lagonda subsidiary will also be built at St Athan, which is set to become the ‘world’s first luxury marque driven exclusively driven by zero-emission powertrain technology’. The first car under the revitalised brand will arrive in 2021 and is likely to take inspiration from the Lagonda Vision Concept revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Andy Palmer, president and group chief executive of Aston Martin, said: “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.
“The Rapide E will spearhead development of Aston Martin’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy. With the reintroduction of the Lagonda brand, this is a demonstration of how electrification features prominently in our business plan.”
International trade secretary Liam Fox said: “I’m delighted that Aston Martin has chosen St Athan as its centre for electrification and the home of Lagonda production in a move that will create hundreds of high-skilled jobs in the coming years.
“The UK has world-leading expertise in manufacturing and developing low-carbon vehicles, and this investment is yet another vote of confidence in the highly competitive automotive industry.”
The opening of Aston Martin’s St Athan site is expected to create 750 jobs in the area, and will play a significant role in the firm achieving its long-term goal of producing 7,000 cars annually.