Aston Mar­tin might have killed the Rapi­de E, its first elec­tric car, before it ever shipped accord­ing to an Auto­car report from late last week. But Aston Mar­tin won’t say if this is true or not, as a spokesper­son tells The Verge that the com­pa­ny “can’t com­ment on prod­uct spec­u­la­tion.”

“Every­body is ask­ing…” the spokesper­son said in a text mes­sage, before repeat­ing the line about spec­u­la­tion. “Can’t say any more than that I’m afraid.”

The automak­er did not men­tion any­thing about the Rapi­de E on a call with finan­cial ana­lysts last week. Auto­car also report­ed, accord­ing a sin­gle source close to the British automak­er, Aston Mar­tin is instead plan­ning to use the Rapi­de E as a research project for future elec­tric vehi­cles — like­ly under its res­ur­rect­ed Lagon­da brand.

The Rapi­de E has had a rocky five-year his­to­ry

The Rapi­de E made its offi­cial debut in April 2019 at the Auto Shang­hai motor show after a tor­tu­ous four years of devel­op­ment. Announced in 2015, Aston Mar­tin had once planned to build the car as part of a joint ven­ture with Chi­nese tech con­glom­er­ate LeEco. But when LeEco went under in 2017, Aston Mar­tin was forced to scale back its ambi­tions for the Rapi­de E. The British automak­er announced that year that it would only make 155 of the elec­tric sports sedan, and wound up once again part­ner­ing with Williams Advanced Engi­neer­ing (the tech­ni­cal arm of the Williams F1 team), which had built the orig­i­nal Rapi­de E pro­to­type.

Pro­duc­tion trou­bles aside, Aston Mar­tin would be ask­ing a lot of those 155 cus­tomers if it ever brought the Rapi­de E to mar­ket. The specs nev­er quite lined up with the price tag, which at one point was $255,000. Aston Mar­tin was only promis­ing around 200 miles of range at best, and that’s before any offi­cial esti­mates from the Euro­pean Union or the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in the US. That could be par­tial­ly thanks to the weight; at 4,717 pounds, the Rapi­de E was about 400 pounds heav­ier than the inter­nal com­bus­tion Rapi­de S. But it’s also because, in the sim­plest terms, Aston Mar­tin was stuff­ing elec­tric tech into the body of the inter­nal com­bus­tion engine Rapi­de.

Yes, the Rapi­de E was sup­posed to have twin motors that put out over 600 horse­pow­er, with a top speed of 155 miles per hour and a 0 to 60 mph time of under four sec­onds. But any­one push­ing the car to that lev­el of per­for­mance would also undoubt­ed­ly crush the battery’s already lim­it­ed range.

Aston Mar­tin has strug­gled might­i­ly over the last few years (and has gone bank­rupt sev­en times in its 100-plus-year his­to­ry), and even end­ed pro­duc­tion of the stan­dard Rapi­de in 2019. The automak­er has pinned much of its hopes on the DBX, its first SUV, but that vehi­cle isn’t due until lat­er this year. In the mean­time, Aston Mar­tin is report­ed­ly solic­it­ing bids from out­side investors, as it has $1 bil­lion in debt and fin­ished 2019 with just $139 mil­lion in cash.

Image: Aston Mar­tin

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