The news has already left some petrolheads in a flap. “When there is a car chase, will they stop for a three-hour recharge?” asked one Telegraph commenter.
While we’d like to think that Q will have hooked up Bond’s vehicle with some kind of technology to circumvent such issues, the idea does raise further questions about what the future of the car chase might look like. There’s no doubt, for example, that the climactic denouement of 1991 classic Thelma & Louise probably wouldn’t have worked with an electric vehicle; our heroes’ escape from the police would have been foiled the moment they stopped for a recharge.
And then there’s the question of the inherent limitations of electric cars which are invariably slower than their internal combustion counterparts and often restricted to around 90mph; it won’t exactly be thrilling if the heroes are chasing down the baddies in cars which are both limited to the same speed.
Finally, on a more primal, visceral level, there’s the noise. With electric cars you lose the revving, the screech of the tyres on asphalt, the roar of the engine. You lose the drama, the adrenaline-pulsing sound design which throws you into the passenger seat.
It’s for those reasons that the car chase is far from dead. Over the past few years we’ve seen incredible highlights from the likes of Baby Driver, Black Panther, The Fast & Furious series, and even Disney’s latest animated classic Wreck-It-Ralph 2. The box office receipts prove that people are still gripped by cars and car chases and environmental sentiment isn’t proving enough to dissuade their enthusiasm.