British luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it plans to convert its entire six-car lineup to hybrid powertrains, with CEO Dr. Andy Palmer telling the Financial Times (subscription required), “We will be 100 per cent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s” and that 25 percent of all Aston Martins will be fully electric “by the end of the next decade.”
We certainly hope this doesn’t mean that Aston is set to retire the V12 engine, a hybrid V12 we could live with, no V12 at all would upset Aston purists. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told the Financial Times, “We will be 100 per cent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s.”
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.
The upcoming mid-engined sports car, meanwhile, will be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon, U.K. facility with development led by former Ferrari Max Szwaj. Szwaj will work together with design chief Marek Reichman in development of the new model.