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e Cygnet: Aston Martin to Release Its First Electric Car Ever
One of the sexiest car brands on earth, Aston Martin, is working on an electric version of their compact car, the Cygnet. The EV will be dubbed the e-Cygnet and is based on a partnership with Toyota. The new, no-emissions Cygnet, like its non-EV sister, will be based off of the recently released Toyota iQ and it is safe to say that Aston Martin fans are more than a little upset about the high class company basing their new car on an, oh, so average Toyota.
The Cygnet is probably part of a push by Aston Martin to reduce their overall fleet emissions and will be released in 2013 — one year after its Toyota iQ cousin. The Cygnet will be the first electric Aston Martin in history but critics are thinking that it isn’t the start of a trend. The chief executive Ulrich Bez — who was originally an engineer — is not interested in making larger electric vehicles.
The car is expected to be marketed as a compact, no-emissions city car for the high class commuter. The Cygnet is going at a price tag of about $48,800 and it’s expected that the e-Cygnet will have more dollar signs attached. In addition the new EV is expected to be a huge cash puller for Aston Martin with its wholesale price at just 1/3 of its manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
Via Auto Blog
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