007’s Next Aston Martin Will Take 004 Hours To Recharge; Bond’s Going Green

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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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.

He may have a license to kill, but that doesn’t mean James Bond isn’t concerned with his carbon footprint. Switching to an EV will offset all those trips in private jets, helicopters and sports cars that turn into submarines.

 

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.

Miss Moneypenny, Plug-In The Car

Since car chases are an integral part of every 007 film, we have to wonder how the director will deal with a distinct lack of exhaust note underscoring the scene.

 

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.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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