Aston Martin is set to use hybrid powertrains in its entire lineup of vehicles by the mid-2020s as it bids to go fully electric in the future.
The British carmaker knew for its V12 engines and bewitching design as well as being the ride for the most famous spy in the world, James Bond, will see a quarter of its range go fully electric by 2030. Aston Martin is already working on an EV, with a fully electric version of the Rapide sedan called the RapidE set to hit the streets in 2019.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said, "We will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s." The Financial Times also noted that 25 percent of British cars will be fully electric by the year 2030. Aston Martin currently does not have either hybrid or fully electric cars.
While some of the current Aston Martin's are powered by AMG's 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine, thanks to a partnership between Aston and Mercedes, Palmer told the Financial Times that the electric technology will be developed in-house stating "You need to keep core technology inside the company. That's why we make our own V12 engine. We believe that EVs are a core technology, and therefore we want to do them ourselves."
Aston Martin is the latest carmaker to join the hybrid and EV revolution. With its profits back in black, it comes as no surprise that Aston is looking ahead to the future. Hopefully, those beautiful Aston Martin lines on a hybrid or an EV will tempt even the old petrolhead that is James Bond to go over to the green side.