'James Bond' automaker goes green: Aston Martin to release electric vehicle

A project of Aston Martin and Toyota, the e-Cygnet will be similar to the economical Toyota iQ and run on a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The big difference between the two? The price tag. Aston Martin will be asking almost $50,000 for one of these SmartCar look-alikes.

Why does Aston Martin even want to get in the EV market anyway? Zach Bowman from AutoBlog writes,

"Why would Aston Martin, a company that's built its legacy on the aching chords sung by mighty V8 and V12 engines possibly forsake the altar of internal combustion for a battery pack? The same reason every other manufacturer on the planet is dabbling in electrons — to reduce its corporate average fuel economy and slim down emissions at the same time."

Works for me. I'm just waiting to see one of these babies featured in the next Bond film — James Bond getting away in a tiny e-Cygnet as the bad guys choke on the fumes of their own gas-powered car while trying to stop him.

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The luxury automaker Aston Martin has jumped on the carbon-friendly bandwagon and announced that they'll be producing a zero emissions, electric vehicle in 2013.

But before you get all hyped up about being able to get a gas-free James Bond car, take a look at the prototype: it's a subcompact (as in, mini car).

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