Bentley Joins Porsche: Claims Battery Tech Not There Yet

DEC 5 2018 BY DOMINIK WILDE 6

The company’s CEO has once again ruled out an electric sports car.

Bentley is holding off producing its own all-electric car until battery technology improves, according to the British brand’s CEO Andrian Hallmark.

The company was expected to follow Volkswagen stablemate Porsche into the EV arena using the same platform and technology as Stuttgart’s upcoming Taycan. The Taycan will arrive next year, but Bentley’s first EV may be a little while longer while it waits for battery cell power density to get better.

“The problem is when you get to our segment with the size of our vehicles and the frontal area we push through, current battery power density limits the size of the car you can offer with credible driving range,” Hallmark told Automotive News Europe.

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

Hallmark is predicting that battery technology will reach a level suitable for Bentley’s application by 2023 or 2025

“There is nothing industrialised in the supply chain before then,” he said.

Bentley’s all-electric car, when it eventually does arrive, will be aimed at those that are rich, but don’t yet own a luxury car.

“An electric vehicle is even more appealing to them than to our customers,” he said, adding that 40 percent of Bentley’s current customer base have expressed an interest in electric cars.

Despite showing the all-electric EXP 12 Speed 6e sports car (pictured) at the Geneva motor show last year, Hallmark has said that Bentley’s first electric car won’t be a sports car because there are already enough in Volkswagen’s portfolio. The German company owns Bentley, as well as Porsche, AudiLamborghini, and Bugatti.

“We have talked about sports cars in the past, but I don’t believe we need sports cars,” he said. “Within the Volkswagen Group [Bentley’s owner], there are enough sports cars,” he said.

Hallmark wouldn’t reveal what kind of car the electric Bentley would be instead of a sports car, but did say it would ‘redefine grand touring’.

“When we build an electric car it will be a Bentley first and foremost, and it will be an electric Bentley second,” he said.

Whatever it turns out to be, it will be based on an Audi/Porsche platform, and it will bare some resemblance to the Taycan, at least mechanically.

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6 Comments on "Bentley Joins Porsche: Claims Battery Tech Not There Yet"

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John Doe

So.. they’re waiting for solid state batteries.
I bet they will focus their sales info about the fact they use solid state, but cheaper cars use regular batteries or what ever.. to justify a higher sales price.

Time will tell. 2023-25 is just a few years away. In coincides surpricingly well with Bentlys product cycle. They’re going to replace models with new once by then. They will probably release at least one EV then, to replace a vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
The better battery tech story may just as well be an excuse to wait – until their models are due for a totally new redesign. It will save them a lot of money.

antrik

Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking as well: the “technology” argument is just an excuse for the fact that they can’t afford getting to market sooner…

MikeG

I’m going to go with their engineering staff sucks for not being able to build an electric car.

G2

Who cares what Bentley thinks?

Get Real

Exactly, Bentley will get bent and companies like Mazda that choose to ignore progress will likewise be punished by reality.

earl colby pottinger

Depending SS batteries before building anything is dangerous. We know SS batteries are coming, the problem is we don’t know when or how much they will cost.

If they take too long then the car companies could find themselves with no produce will everyone else is selling.