Luxury Automaker Bentley is said to launch is fully electric vehicle as early as 2025.
The company’s chief executive shed light on how his team will link the past and the future.
When it comes to new products, company boss Adrian Hallmark told Automotive News Europe that “it’s all about electrification.” The first Bentley with a plug is the Bentayga Hybrid unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Looking ahead, an electric car will join the range, but executives haven’t decided what form it will take, or what it will be powered by. Several options remain on the table. What’s certain is that Bentley won’t stuff an electric powertrain into one of the cars in its current portfolio.
“We could take one of the existing nameplates, and that could be the first electric car, but we wouldn’t take an existing car and try to fit batteries into it, because there’s a compromise from a range and efficiency point of view,” Hallmark explained. The challenge isn’t simply to make an electric Bentley; the British firm wants to ensure its first battery-powered model credibly lives up to the badge on its nose. That means it needs to blend effortless power with an acceptable amount of driving range.
Bentley belongs to Volkswagen, so using among the systems in the team’s expanding collection of styles isn’t out of the question. And, Trademark attested engineers would make use of the innovative packaging opportunities enabled by electrical powertrains. He discussed the firm isn’t ready to launch a Mini, yet an electrical Bentley could have a smaller sized impact than, claim, a Mulsanne while supplying a similar amount of interior space. He pointed out the Jaguar I-Pace as an instance, which he claimed is nearly 14 inches much shorter than Land Wanderer’s Variety Rover, yet has to do with as spacious inside since electrical motors require much less space than an equivalent gas- or diesel-burning engine.