Bentley is waiting for improvements in battery technology before it launches its magnificent future electric car for very wealthy consumers that are currently out of reach.
Bentley believes that energy density in battery should be raised up to qualify for powering its ultra-luxury electric cars.
That is since the segment where Bentley plays requires a high level of efficiency. So more power is needed, as well as unrestricted design and reliable driving range. These are the things Bentley can’t get from the current battery technology. It’s likely that Bentley won’t be ready to develop an all-electric model until at least 2023 to 2025.
When the first model arrives, it will be aimed at a wide segment of the super rich who at present don’t purchase ultra-luxury cars from any makers. Bentley thinks that an all-electric model will be more attractive to them than to its costumers.
The level of interest of Bentley customers in electric cars has only reached around 40 percent, and those customers are still considering about going electric.
Previously, we have seen what a Bentley electric sports car looked like at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. It was just a concept car called the EXP 12 Speed 6e, but it’s pretty cool, although that didn’t imply that Bentley’s first EV will be a sports car. No, it won’t, Bentley has a different decision for production.
For the brand, sports cars are a discussion of the past, they are something that may unable to represent Bentley’s trademark. Besides, VW Group already has enough sports cars in it, that’s why Bentley doesn’t need them.
The marque’s first electric car will be designed to reclassify grand touring, with an extensive EV driving reach. When the company develop an electric vehicle, it will be a Bentley first, and then a Bentley EV second.
The car could sit on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture that is now being developed by Audi and Porsche and will complete in 2021. According to Audi, the new platform will be compatible with three body styles, two of which are a limousine and a SUV. It hasn’t been decided though whether Bentley can use the platform in the future.