The corporate’s CEO has as soon as once more dominated out an electrical sports activities automotive.
Bentley is holding off producing its personal all-electric automotive till battery expertise improves, in keeping with the British model’s CEO Andrian Hallmark.
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The corporate was anticipated to observe Volkswagen stablemate Porsche into the EV enviornment utilizing the identical platform and expertise as Stuttgart’s upcoming Taycan. The Taycan will arrive subsequent yr, however Bentley’s first EV could also be a short while longer whereas it waits for battery cell energy density to get higher.
“The issue is once you get to our phase with the dimensions of our autos and the frontal space we push by means of, present battery energy density limits the dimensions of the automotive you may provide with credible driving vary,” Hallmark instructed Automotive Information Europe.
Hallmark is predicting that battery expertise will attain a degree appropriate for Bentley’s utility by 2023 or 2025
“There's nothing industrialised within the provide chain earlier than then,” he mentioned.
Bentley’s all-electric automotive, when it will definitely does arrive, can be aimed toward these which can be wealthy, however don’t but personal a luxurious automotive.
“An electrical car is much more interesting to them than to our clients,” he mentioned, including that 40 p.c of Bentley’s present buyer base have expressed an curiosity in electrical vehicles.
Regardless of displaying the all-electric EXP 12 Pace 6e sports activities automotive (pictured) on the Geneva motor present final yr, Hallmark has mentioned that Bentley’s first electrical automotive gained’t be a sports activities automotive as a result of there are already sufficient in Volkswagen’s portfolio. The German firm owns Bentley, in addition to Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.
“We've got talked about sports activities vehicles prior to now, however I don’t imagine we want sports activities vehicles,” he mentioned. “Inside the Volkswagen Group [Bentley’s owner], there are sufficient sports activities vehicles,” he mentioned.
Hallmark wouldn’t reveal what sort of automotive the electrical Bentley can be as a substitute of a sports activities automotive, however did say it might ‘redefine grand touring’.
“Once we construct an electrical automotive it will likely be a Bentley at the beginning, and it will likely be an electrical Bentley second,” he mentioned.
No matter it seems to be, it will likely be primarily based on an Audi/Porsche platform, and it'll naked some resemblance to the Taycan, no less than mechanically.