Aston Martin Delays Launch of Electric Supercar to 2026, Citing Customers’ Desire for Iconic Engine Roar

Aston Martin Delays Launch of Electric Supercar to 2026, Citing Customers’ Desire for Iconic Engine Roar

For enthusiasts of Aston Martin and sports car aficionados, the visceral experience of a roaring internal combustion engine remains unparalleled.

Consequently, the luxury British automaker has decided to postpone the release of its first fully electric car.

While Aston Martin had initially unveiled ambitious plans for ‘the world’s most thrilling and highly desirable electric performance cars’ last year, the anticipated launch has been rescheduled from 2025 to 2026.

Admitting to Lower-than-Expected Demand

Executive chairman Lawrence Stroll acknowledged that the delay is attributed to a realization that the fully electric vehicle was not as desirable as initially envisioned.

Stroll mentioned, “Demand, certainly at an Aston Martin price point, is not what we thought it was going to be two years ago.”

He emphasized that there is a more pronounced demand for plug-in hybrids, as customers seek a blend of electrification with the quintessential sports car attributes – the smell, feel, and noise.

Shift in Priorities: Plug-In Hybrid Valhalla Still on Track

Despite the postponement of the electric car launch, Aston Martin remains committed to delivering its first plug-in hybrid supercar, the Valhalla, later this year.

The decision reflects a broader industry trend where automakers are grappling with weaker-than-expected demand for electric cars.

Concerns surrounding charging infrastructure and cost during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis have contributed to a decline in purchases of new electric cars.

Industry Challenges and Call for Government Support

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicates a 25.1% decline in private buyers’ purchases of new electric cars in January. Forecasts suggest a reduction in the market share of battery electric vehicles for the year.

Industry players, including Vauxhall owner Stellantis, have urged the government to stimulate demand in the battery-powered car market. Challenges, including the collapse of electric car firm Arrival and electric lorry firm Volta filing for bankruptcy, underscore the need for greater investment in public electric car infrastructure, according to the SMMT.

Aston Martin’s Electric Vision with Lucid Partnership

Aston Martin had initially revealed plans for its fully electric car through a collaboration with US firm Lucid, which secured a 3.7% stake in the iconic marque.

However, the shift in launch timelines reflects the intricate balance that automakers navigate between consumer preferences, industry challenges, and the evolving landscape of electric vehicles.

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