In response to tightening emission regulations and strict CO2 legislation, mass market and luxury automakers alike have announced a variety of plans to electrify their vehicle line-ups. Aston Martin is one of the latest to do so, committing to electrification through its own Project Horizon initiative. Led by its CEO Tobias Moers, the project ultimately aims for every new vehicle released by Aston Martin after 2025 to be fully electric. Work is already underway to achieve this goal, with the OEM recently unveiling its first PHEV and plans to launch fully electric versions of its sports car range.
The supercar in question is called Valhalla, a mid-engined hybrid. At the center of the vehicle is a 950bhp gasoline/battery electric powertrain that takes advantage of three motors – a 4-litre twin-turbo V8, and a pair of electric motors mounted on the front and rear axles. These electrified motors work together as a 150kW/400V battery hybrid system that generates 204PS, adding to the V8’s 750PS, to provide a combined power output of more than 950PS. When driving in EV mode, Valhalla is capable of a zero-emission range of 15km (over nine miles) and a top speed of 80mph, with an estimated CO2 emission rate of less than 200g/km. When the V8 is engaged alongside these motors, Valhalla has a top speed of 217mph and can go from 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds. While infotainment details remain scarce, Aston Martin have confirmed that a new HMI system will be introduced with a central touchscreen display as well as integrations with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also incorporate an extensive suite of new ADAS – including Auto Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Active Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, and a Rear-View Parking Camera (with the option to see a surround view of the vehicle).
Valhalla plays a key role in Project Horizon’s plan as one of 10 cars to be released before 2024 (several of which will be electrified). After its 2023 launch, Aston Martin plans to deliver more electrified vehicles – including a PHEV version of its DBX SUV and an entry supercar, based on its Vanquish Vision concept, which will also be a PHEV. The automaker also has plans to introduce BEVs to this lineup just a year later, with Moers confirming that its first pure-EV will launch in 2025. The CEO confirmed that Aston Martin’s current range of front-engine sports cars, including the Vantage & DB11, will be electrified as BEV models in their next generation. The EVs in this new generation will be underpinned by a skateboard platform capable of a minimum range of 600km (just under 373 miles). The platform itself comes from Mercedes-Benz, who are sharing technologies with Aston Martin in exchange for a stake in the company. Moers has said that the technologies supplied by Daimler would be tailored to suit the needs of both Aston Martin’s vehicles and its customers.
Through Project Horizon, it is clear Aston Martin are delivering on their commitment to electrification. In plotting specific goals for each of its vehicle categories, developing new powertrains and technologies tailored to them, it has laid out a carefully calculated method to achieving electrification quickly and efficiently. Likewise, leveraging its partnership with Daimler will likely accelerate the speed of its electrification as new technologies are developed and introduced into new Aston Martin models. With the release of the Valkyrie hybrid later this year, Project Horizon is already being enacted on and, through its transparency, it is likely we will hear more from Aston Martin about its future very soon.