Bentley Discusses Future Electric Car Plans
Bentley will electrify its lineup over the next several years, using solutions developed by other Volkswagen Group members like Porsche and Audi.
At first, there will be plug-in hybrid SUV Bentayga from around 2017.
The Bentayga is expected to be a popular model with up to 50% share of the Bentley brand (currently some 10,000 annually and up to 20,000 expected over the next decade).
The plug-in hybrid version probably will be equipped with battery/drive technology from the Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid or the Audi Q7 e-tron .
But it’s possible that we will see an all-electric Bentley based on parts from the Porsche Mission E. A decision on which models and what type of drive (pure electric or plug-in hybrid) is to be made in 6-12 months.
Bentley’s board member in charge of engineering, Rolf Frech said to Drive:
“We are currently in the stage where we are evaluating all the possibilities, but there are so many question marks behind this. I think there will be an answer within the next six months to a year to decide which direction we will go, but of course electric will be a future strategy direction for Bentley.”
One of the candidates for electric drive is the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept.
“One way we could take is something like the Speed 6 we already showed, but it could also be a more traditional car… we will see,”
“We not only have the ability to use the (Mission E) platform but we can also use a lot of these modules to bring into our car. I think there are big steps coming and what we are doing now is preparing ourselves if these steps make sense then we will go for it.”