Pure Electric Bentley Mulsanne Coming Due To Global Emissions Regulations

SEP 6 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Bentley Mulsanne Speed

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Sources at Bentley confirmed that the current-generation Mulsanns could get a pure electric version in the very near future.

Mulsanne product and marketing manager, Hans Holzgartner, confirmed that a pure electric  Mulsanne is under consideration, even if only for the Chinese market. Quoting Holzgartner:

“At the moment, the indication is that full electric will be the only way that you’ll get into some of the cities in China. I wouldn’t say we’re discounting [hybrid engines] completely, but it looks like if you don’t have a full electric drive, even some of the hybrid drives just won’t get into some cities in China.”

Holzgartner was then questioned on whether or not the big, heavy Mulsanne is suitable for full electrification. He responded:

“Yes, absolutely. I think electric is much better suited to bigger, heavier, smoother saloon cars than sports cars.”

“With a Mulsanne-sized car, it’s all about torque anyway. The delivery characteristics of electric drive — loads of bottom-end torque, almost silent delivery, very smooth — they all fit.

“Our challenge is to make something that’s as interesting to drive as a current Bentley, because while a Mulsanne will be driven in almost silent mode even with a petrol engine, if you’ve got a Mulsanne Speed you’ll want to let rip every so often. That’s going to be the challenge: creating something that can be fun as well.”

Holzgartner seems confident that city dwellers will approve of a pure electric Bentley:

“…for most customers, particularly those going into big cities in China where you’re doing a lot of sitting in traffic, an electric powertrain will suit it just fine.”

All these comments seem to indicate that the homework has been done and that an electric Bentley isn’t too far off.

Source: Autocar

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9 Comments on "Pure Electric Bentley Mulsanne Coming Due To Global Emissions Regulations"

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It makes sense, after driving my Volt for the first time I thought about the millions of dollars companies like Rolls Royce and Bentley spend trying to create a refined, smooth, torquey and nearly silent powertrain which is inherent in an electric drivetrain.

Especially if you can just borrow all the technology from Audi. Their SUV is due 2018, so Bentley might not really have to develop anything.

What development?
RR and Bentley haven’t done any independent engineering for several decades — they don’t sell enough cars to fund it. There’s a reason there are virtually no small independent manufacturers anymore.

WTF are you talking about? You think a design, suspension tuning and interior engineering come up magically by snapping some fingers?! There are many parts on those vehicles that are exclusive to the models therefore there had to be independent engineering for those components.

“Hans Holzgartner” Sometimes I think its German car people who will be the only ones who just can’t let go of the mechanicals. This has nothing to do with “fun”.

A gas car suffers itself off the line, and the electric, that crushes it, gets criticism not for being slower but being relatively slower against only itself, in the top end.

All the Bentleys will be in the rear view mirror of an all-electric, the whole way.

“A gas car suffers itself off the line, and the electric, that crushes it, gets criticism not for being slower but being relatively slower against only itself, in the top end.”

And if that is really viewed as a problem, it could be remedied with a transmission. But it just isn’t enough of an issue to warrant the cost and complexity of adding a transmission.

Correct. Every time I see videos of Teslas accelerating, passengers are constantly laughing and giggling, it has to be fun!

Better-suited for a sedan than a sports car? Tell that to all the freaks who dominated Pike’s Peak this year. Tesla Roadster. Detroit Electric. Porsche Mission E. 918 Spyder. LA Ferrari.
Bentley has a brand, and a market. Sounds like they are reacting to market losses by adapting.

Why even whine about regulations?

They should be WANTING to build an EV since EVs are inherently more luxurious than ICE.
-Can refuel at home so you don’t mingle with the riff-raff at the filling station
-No lurching transmission.
-Pure silent operation.
-No annoying engine vibration
-No stinky toxic exhaust
-No oil change annoyance
-No smog check annoyance

Just pure luxury.