Although the actor portraying James Bond will remain the same (Daniel Craig has re-upped to play 007 in another James Bond film), his car co-star will be new … and this time, it’ll be extra eco-friendly.
British tabloid The Sun reports that Bond, Her Majesty’s favorite secret agent, will be driving the new, all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E four-door electric car in his next on-screen appearance. Only 155 Rapide Es are go be built, but Bond gets one of them.
Shocking. Positively Shocking.
The film’s director, Cary Joji Fukunaga, reportedly spurred the move toward 007 driving an EV. The director insisted Bond go green with his next Aston. Luckily for Fukunaga, Aston had the perfect car for the film.
The 2019 Rapide E, based upon the gasoline-powered Rapide (the capital E is for eco, I guess). Without a petrol-burning V12 onboard, which is replaced with an electric motor and 5,600 lithium-ion battery cells totaling 65 kWh of capacity, it’ll be much more earth friendly.
All those batteries are said to be good for an estimated 600 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. That lump of electric power lends to the Rapide E’s 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of 4.0 seconds on the way to its 155-mph top speed.
Of course, with such a large lump of lithium onboard, the Rapide E will require three to four hours to recharge entirely — not bad, all things considered.
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Not everyone has reportedly been excited about 007’s newest eco-car. Some insiders were worried he’d get labeled ‘too PC.’ Still, Fukunaga insisted.
What will Bond do to keep up with the baddies while the car is recharging? We’ll have to find out when the latest film his theaters next year.