Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark points out the brand’s first EV could have as much as 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts) when it arrives in 2025. This will allow for easy acceleration.
“If we were now 650 hp with the GT Speed, we would have doubled that with the BEV,” said Hallmark European Automotive News. “But from a 0 to 60 mph point of view, there’s a diminishing return. The thing is, it’s uncomfortable. And then it gets nauseous.”
Bentley bosses suggested a solution to this problem by suggesting the driver to change the acceleration rate. “It could be 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Or it could be 1.5 seconds,” he said.
The Bentley EV will use the PPE platform, which will also come under the Audi Q6 E-Tron and Porsche Macan EV. In terms of styling, Hallmark is still sketchy. “What we’re not going to do is try and make it look like an electric car,” he said me.
In a previous interview, Hallmark gave a more specific response to how the EV might look. “If you’re not in an SUV, you’re not going anywhere,” he said in 2021. Previous rumors hinted that the vehicle might be a high-riding sedan.
By 2030, Bentley intends to make only EVs, which means several models are in the works. “In terms of price point, any of the EVs will be more in the Mulsanne’s price range than anything we currently have. It has to be,” said Hallmark. me.
In 2020, Bentley previewed the future of its EV with the EXP 100 GT Concept (gallery above). The model’s streamlined shape and scissor doors are not what we’d expect from the electric model the brand is actually aiming to build.
Bentley is investing £2.5 billion over the next 10 years to build the EV at its Crewe facility in the UK. Automakers also want full carbon neutrality by the end of the decade, including vehicle development and production.
Before the Bentley EV arrived, the brand intended to offer a hybrid version of every model in its lineup. Some are already available, and the latest spy shots show a PHEV version of the Continental GT in development.