Will a Bentley electrical car be sufficient for the model to steal patrons again from Porsche and Tesla?
Bentley is in a pickle. The ultra-luxury model is in a balancing act of making an attempt to attraction to its extra conventional buyer base with out turning-off new patrons.
“[T]he two main demographic segments that we don’t at the moment promote to – the higher liberals and the post-moderns – account for 40 p.c of high-net-worth people,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark advised Automotive Information Europe, “and an [electric vehicle] is much more interesting to them.”
Relatively than scooping up Bentleys, these shoppers are as an alternative shopping for Porsches and Teslas, based on Hallmark. Bentley, although, hopes the eventuality of its personal electric-vehicle will finally enable it to win over the “higher liberal” and “post-modern” crowds from its German and American rivals.
“We see full-electric automobiles as one other progress alternative in a five- to 10-year interval,” Hallmark mentioned.
Why the wait? Nicely, it doesn’t assist that Hallmark claims a mere 40 p.c of the model’s present prospects are occupied with shopping for an EV. However extra importantly, the CEO merely thinks the restricted power-density of right this moment’s battery packs implies that any electrical car it creates will both lack an inexpensive driving vary or the bodily dimension required of a Bentley product.
We’d argue the Tesla Mannequin X – in addition to the forthcoming Rivian R1T and R1S truck and SUV – is a sizeable product with an enough driving vary. Nonetheless, Bentley could also be aiming to high 400 miles of vary on a full cost with its forthcoming electrical car – the Mannequin X solely manages a most of 295 miles, based on the EPA.
Hopefully, we’ll study extra in regards to the Bentley EV within the subsequent few years. Till then, it appears the model will simply have to stay content material with dropping gross sales to Porsche and Tesla.