James Bond’s car of choice is going through a monumental change.
Aston Martin’s chairman, Lawrence Stroll, told the Financial Times in the UK the supercar maker is going green.
The British company expects to have an all-electric supercar and luxury SUV by 2025.
This represents a monumental change for the British brand, which has made its name with leather-lined supercars.
Electric motors make a lot of sense for sports cars, as they deliver ample torque instantaneously. Batteries add excess weight, but they also provide stability and balance when positioned low in the car.
Aston’s future EVs could share their bones, including electric motors and batteries, with Mercedes-Benz’s offerings thanks to the German company owning a sizeable stake in the British marque.
According to Stroll, the partnership will allow Aston Martin to produce a pair of electric cars in just a few years.
“We are way ahead of our rivals, and all because of our partnership with Mercedes,” says Stroll.
Stroll didn’t give away too much detail on the pair of electric cars except that one would be a version of the DB11/Vantage and the other a four-wheel drive SUV.
The brand’s first electrified vehicle will be a plug-in hybrid version of its DBX SUV, which recently went on sale in Australia.
This model is expected to add an electric motor to its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, in the same fashion as upcoming plug-in Mercedes-Benzes.
This will be joined by the low-volume Valkyrie and Valhalla supercars, which borrow tech from the maker’s F1 team.
The ritzy British brand is just the latest to join the growing list of car companies going green.
Volkswagen has recently announced it is supercharging its rollout of electric cars with at least one being released every year — this year alone they are rolling out three new models.
The German brand expects 70 per cent of its sales in Europe to be electric by 2030.
But it isn’t just the Europeans going big on electric. Hyundai and Kia have announced ambitious plans to launch a zero-emission vehicle in every segment over the next decade.
Toyota, too, is expected to debut its first electric vehicle — a RAV4-size SUV — later this year on a platform it has developed with smaller Japanese maker Subaru.