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Aston Martin To Continue Producing Combustion-Engine Cars For As Long As Possible



Like many other automobile brands recently, Aston Martin will continue to produce traditional combustion-engine vehicles for as long as legally possible, its boss Lawrence Stroll told a UK publication this week. He told the publication there’s more hype than consumer demand for EVs at Aston’s price point, but added that its shift to electric power will happen. It’ll just take longer than planned.

These future combustion-powered Astons will feature some electrification, however. The automaker is now investing heavily in plug-in hybrid technology for its V-8 and V-12 engines. These new PHEV models will be generated from existing Aston architectures, with the best-selling DBX SUV likely to be the first to get overhauled with a new PHEV powertrain. A likely upcoming refresh for the DBX should come this year, so we may see this new technology implemented sooner rather than later; a new DBS model is also expected to launch this year.

Aston Martin’s decision to continue manufacturing ICE vehicles aligns with its recent delay in launching its first electric vehicle until 2026, with deliveries expected in 2027.  This postponement followed Britain’s extension of its ban on selling high-emission petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035, reflecting governmental efforts to combat climate change and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The industry’s transition to BEVs continues to face challenges. Waning and inconsistent demand, high prices, and the lack of charging infrastructure continue to hinder adoption in many places, putting automakers in a difficult position as some markets shift more quickly to EVs than others.

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