Aston Martin has started production at its second plant in the UK. In St. Athan, Wales, pre-series vehicles of the SUV model DBX are now rolling off the production line, soon followed by the Rapid E.
The Welsh Aston Martin factory was named Britain’s Home of Electrification last year. Announced in early 2016, the British luxury brand’s second facility (after Gaydon in Warwickshire), is to produce their first all-electric model, the Rapide E, although it will only be offered in a limited edition of 155 units. Production for Aston Martin’s Lagonda electric car brand will start in St. Athan in 2021.
The plant is situated on a former site of the Ministry of Defence and Aston Martin currently employs 200 people in St. Athan. When production is running at full capacity, a further 550 will be added – as well as 3,000 workers at suppliers in the vicinity of the plant.
An electric version of the DBX SUV model will most likely be built at St. Athan under Aston Martin’s electric brand Lagonda, scheduled to start in 2022. The first production electric car will probably be based on the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept. The British company presented the study at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. Technical data were not mentioned at that time.