Aston says every model will be available with an electrified powertrain by 2026, starting with a Valhalla plug-in hybrid in 2024.
For anyone who hasn’t figured it out by now, the auto industry is having a moment. It seems every other day another automaker is parading its plans to transition to an entirely electric lineup by the end of the decade. Today it’s Aston Martin’s turn.
To no one’s surprise, the company is targeting 2030 as the expiration date of new models with internal-combustion engines. Of course, there’s a chance it’ll still build gas-burning special editions outside its core lineup. Besides that predictable announcement, though, Aston also says it’ll launch its first electric model by 2025.
A few years ago, the 600-hp Aston Martin Rapide E was earmarked to be the British automaker’s first production EV. Car and Driver even got some seat time in a prototype before Aston canceled plans to build a limited run of 155 copies. Whatever the company’s brass learned from that experience, it looks like they’re ready to try again.
This time around, we have no idea what body style the first Aston EV will be, but this author is willing to bet a year’s salary it won’t be another four-door sedan. Could there be an electric version of the DBX SUV? Or perhaps the next-generation Vanquish will be available with an electric option. After all, it’s now expected to launch in 2025, which conveniently aligns with Aston’s timeline.
Before the British brand’s first EV arrives, the 937-hp Valhalla–Aston’s first plug-in hybrid–will start deliveries in 2024. That model will kick-start the planned transition to an electric lineup by the end of the decade. Within four years, Aston says every model in its lineup will be available with an electrified powertrain. That means if the DBX or the Vantage is around for the 2026 model year, they’ll be offered with some type of hybrid option, if not a full-blown electric version. In the meantime, Aston is keen to let the world know that the light is green going forward when it comes to targeting net-zero carbon emissions.