Aston Martin’s electric-car plans fall victim to Stroll rescue

The rethink on electrification will see the company switch focus to providing more hybrid autos.
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| Updated on: 03 Feb 2020, 09:20 AM
FILE PHOTO: Aston Martin Lagonda cars are seen parked outside the new factory at St Athan, Wales, Britain December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Aston Martin Lagonda cars are seen parked outside the new factory at St Athan, Wales, Britain December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden (REUTERS)

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc’s 500-million-pound ($656 million) cash lifeline from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll has a major casualty -- the company’s push into electric cars.

The launch of the all-electric Lagonda marque, due in 2022, has been stalled for three years, Aston said Friday, while development of the Rapide E, the main brand’s first electric model, is under review despite being almost complete.

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The rethink on electrification, a costly technology previously deemed vital to Aston Martin’s future, will see the company switch focus to providing more hybrid autos. It’s part of a “reset plan" that will also see unspecified job cuts and a restructuring of sales and marketing operations.

While the changes mark a setback for Chief Executive Officer Andy Palmer’s ambitious expansion strategy, the upcoming DBX model appears to have survived the cull. Aston Martin’s first sport-utility vehicle is at the center of efforts to lift sales, with deliveries to customers due to start later this year.

The sports and luxury specialist said it’s also focused on rebalancing supply with demand to bolster pricing. The stock had its biggest gain since a 2018 IPO on news of the rescue, though it’s still down almost 75% since the listing.

First Published Date: 03 Feb 2020, 09:19 AM IST
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