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Aston Martin Valhalla plug-in hybrid to shape future EVs


Aston Martin is using its upcoming Valhalla high-performance plug-in hybrid to develop a playbook for its future EVs.
Executives said that the 937-horsepower Valhalla supercar exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday showcases lessons in driver engagement, visual effects and sound that could surface in its first EV in 2025.
“If we get that performance hybrid recipe right, it’s something we could see elsewhere later on in the range,” said Alex Long, head of product and market strategy for Aston Martin Lagonda.
The Valhalla’s engineers were especially concerned with retaining the brand’s racetrack-ready driving dynamics when developing the mid-engine two seater, he said. Electric vehicles can feel less engaging as the driver cedes control to the electrical systems and advanced driver assistance functions that govern them.
“EVs are more like daily drivers and less of a weekend thrill …

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