James Bond may be opting for an eco-friendly car in the future. The world-famous spy may be driving an electric car in his next film.
Aston Martin, the British automaker who has been providing Agent 007 with state-of-the-art rides for several decades, recently hinted that they may feature an electric car in his next movie.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said that electric vehicles are almost as inevitable as death and tax. The executive explained how electric vehicles are bound to continue its popularity rise in the years to come, which also prompts Aston Martin to enter the market.
"What does electric give you? It gives you phenomenal acceleration, phenomenal torque (force) – immediate pick-up, there's no lag, so if you use it well and certainly in the near and medium-term and in our terminology, the long-term, you're going to have at least a combination of battery, electric and gasoline and then you get the best of both worlds,” said Palmer in a report by CNBC.
Palmer continued that an electric car would provide the sound and power of a V8 or V12 engine, while the power is supported by the electric motor, which is actually advantageous on both ends. He said that in the future, carmakers have to progress to electric drive, whether they will be using a battery pack or hydrogen pack. He admitted that the idea of electric cars dominating the streets is still a long way ahead, but eventually, everyone has to contribute in eliminating carbon-burning technology.
The executive shared that Aston Martin plans to exist in the next century, so they also have to evolve with the buying patterns of new customers. Considering how SUVs, crossovers and electric cars are becoming quite popular, the company also needs to move into the sector.
Aston Martin recently introduced the DBX Concept, the company’s first family-friendly electric crossover vehicle. Although it would seem unlikely that the debonair would be driving a family car, Palmer said that the idea of the fictional spy starting his own family is not completely remote. He said that Aston Martin is more than just James Bond. The brand is about being British, independent, a good craftsman and a good business.
As for James Bond’s next ride, the Aston Martin DB5, his most famous car of choice, may be given the full-electric treatment. Currently, the model features a DOHC straight six, 3995 cc engine with 282 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 142mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 7.1 seconds.
More updates and details on James Bond’s new green car are expected soon.