At long last, Aston Martin has confirmed production of the RapidE, its first all-electric model model, will begin in 2019. This comes less than two years after a concept was first introduced to the whole in October 2015.

To be based on the Rapide AMR, the Gaydon-based carmaker says the “RapidE will deliver four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide S powered by an all-electric powertrain replacing the 6.0 litre V12 engine.”

Aston Martin isn’t ready to talk a whole lot about the RapidE’s all-electric powertrain, but claims the “RapidE will offer a unique driving experience of a kind not experienced before in an Aston Martin,” thanks to the power delivery characteristics of the car’s electric motors.

Like the concept that previewed it, Aston Martin will continue its collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the model, drawing upon the company’s extensive battery and electric vehicle experience.

The project is part of the brand’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out by company president and CEO, Andy Palmer, in the company’s Second Century Plan. Only 155 units of the RapidE will be made, and it remains to be seen if more will be produced in the future.

“Having unveiled the RapidE concept back in October 2015 we reach another milestone with the confirmation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production. RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it,” said Palmer.

“The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of Aston Martin for more than a century, and will continue to be for years to come. RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers,” he added.