Next James Bond Car Could Be An Electric Aston Martin

11 months ago by Steven Loveday 16

Aston Martin DBX Concept

Aston Martin DBX Concept

Perhaps Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer has been listening to Bill Nye (y’know, the science guy) in that James Bond needs get with the times, and upgrade to a plug-in ride, as Palmer told CNBC that indeed 007 may soon be sporting an electric Aston Martin.

He explained why an electric vehicle could be chosen to suit such a “tough guy”. Palmer said:

James Bond's Aston Martin Db5, Image Credit: Auto

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, Image Credit: AutoGuide

“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. 

You get the engagement and the sound of a V12 or a V8 engine but you get the power supplemented by the electric motor, so you get the best of both.”

As we know from his background with Nissan as the main cheerleader behind the LEAF, Palmer is a firm believer in electric cars becoming the norm in the future.

CNBC asked him how he thinks James Bond might feel about Aston Martin’s new DBX plug-in concept. He imagined:

“James is an important customer for our sports cars but he occasionally gets married so maybe there’s someone out there for him although you can get a baby seat in the back of an (Aston Martin) DB11. But it’s about reality and Aston is more than just James Bond. It’s about being British, being independent, it’s about craftsmanship and it’s about business itself.”

He hopes that the family-oriented crossover SUV will help keep Aston Martin in the mix for years to come. Palmer said that the younger generation prefers this type of vehicle and his company needs to cater to that.

An 800 horsepower Rapide EV with a range of 200 miles is also coming to market, and truthfully that may be a better fit for Bond.

Source: CNBC

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16 responses to "Next James Bond Car Could Be An Electric Aston Martin"

  1. ZikZak says:

    Why the “best of both world” is always the electric motor helping the ICE?
    The best would be the other way around, the ICE producing at its peak efficiency energy for the eletric motor, which is 90% efficient.

    You can always fake the noise of a motor, the I8 is a very good example in this department.

    1. Aaron says:

      Agreed. The “sound” will take some time for people to let go of. Or not…

      My wife, for example, hated the sound of my Mazda 3 accelerating hard. It was a nice, mellow sound, but she hated it. She strongly prefers the quiet of my LEAF, even though I’m driving it around just as aggressively as I drove my Mazda 3.

      1. Aaron says:

        The other thing I ran into was whiners complaining you didn’t feel any gearshifts. That is amusing since gears are only necessary because the ICE’s powerband is so narrow. It’s a “fix” for ICE vehicles.

        That’s not to say that EVs can’t benefit from a 2-speed or so transmission, but if you gear an ICE to use only one speed (like an EV), you either get poor acceleration or a very low top speed.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Intellectually, you are of course correct.

          But viscerally, I do love the feeling of control I (used to) get from using a stick shift when accelerating.

          A left brain/right brain dichotomy. 🙂

    2. evcarnut says:

      Another “Half Baked” Excuse of an EV. I don’t know why these guys have such a hard time letting go of the ICE Car….They must Like All The Noise & Smoke pollution & the fact that you can hear them, as they are approaching ???..The tuff scary noise?? OOOOHHH… Beats Me !..

  2. Felix says:

    Daniel Craig will drive an ‘old and busted’ DB10 in the upcoming film Spectre.

    Not sure what the new James Bond movie will be called but its most likely not going to be 2nd Spectre movie in a row…

    1. evcarnut says:

      How about a “WIMPY” little BMW 4cylinder P O S sports car? L M A 0

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Hrm yes Felix, that should be post-tense? Not sure what is going on there, will just do little magical edit on that one. /thanks

  3. Kdawg says:

    Maybe he can drive an electric Bentley?

  4. Someone out there says:

    I think it’s time for mr. Bond to go into retirement. The concept has been so watered down there’s not much left of it.

    1. Will Davis says:

      I think there’s plenty left in Bond and the recent films have been rather good

  5. Scott Franco says:

    Keep the ICE just for the noise? How about a pacifier for the driver if you are that juvenile….

  6. PVH says:

    There will be casualties in the process of car electrification and I see Aston Martin as a likely candidate. Loss making boutique car maker, I do not see how they will find financing for the needed R&D expenses. Maybe do like Fisker, take a BWM EV and put a Aston Martin body on it.

  7. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

    They already did that a couple of Bond movies ago. Although I think it was the Bond Girl(tm) that was driving the prototype Ford Fiesta Electric (it *was* in 2010, after all).

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    What was the last time that James Bond drove more than 200 miles before it was blown up/driven off the cliff/fly into buildings/rivers?

    200 miles BEV is more than enough for Bond…

  9. Foo says:

    No, you get the WORST of both worlds…

    First, you can an electric car belabored with carrying around the weight of a secondary, unnecessary gasoline-powered drivetrain.

    Second, you get a gasoline car.