This is Aston Martin’s new ‘home of electrification’ in Wales

Electric models like the Rapide E will be built at the St Athan facility
by Jack Rix | Nov 10, 2018
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Wow, Aston Martin has been busy. A mere 18 months since we helped them ‘settle in’ to their new second home in Wales—by skidding £65 million (P4.5 billion) of their back catalog around several empty Ministry of Defense ‘Super Hangers’—it’s released a first set of pictures of the nearly-finished factory...paint shop, production line, the lot. Even the chairs in the canteen.

Those tire marks you can see on the polished concrete floor? Yep, that’s us, and you can watch the video in its entirety here.

First on St Athan’s agenda, once fully commissioned in the first quarter of 2019, is production of “the next phase of prototypes” of the DBX—that’s Aston Martin’s first SUV, in case you’ve forgotten. We’ll have to wait a bit for the full reveal of the DBX, though, which is scheduled for the end of 2019.

Around 100 employees are already working on site—hence the well-stocked canteen—but that will grow to 200 early next year, and 700 by the start of 2020, when DBX production ramps up.

And there’s an exciting future for St Athan—it’s been earmarked as Aston’s “home of electrification,” which means both the Rapide E and a forthcoming family of electric Lagondas (as previewed by the avant-garde Lagonda Vision concept) will be built there. It also suggests that although the DBX will be offered with a combustion engine initially, an all-electric version will follow later in its lifespan.

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So, what do you think? Does the idea of an all-electric Aston Martin SUV make you wince or applaud their bravery?

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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