Drivers of the Bentley EV will be able to select a slower acceleration speed if the quicker setting makes them feel nauseous.
When it debuts in 2025, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark says the brand’s first electric vehicle might have up to 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts). This would make acceleration much easier.
“If the GT Speed has 650 horsepower currently, the BEV will have twice that,” Hallmark told Automotive News Europe. “However, there are declining returns between 0 and 60 mph. The issue is that it is inconvenient. Then it just makes you feel sick.”
Bentley’s CEO proposed a solution to this problem by allowing the driver to adjust the acceleration level. “You can go from zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds.” “Alternatively, it can be changed to 1.5 seconds,” he explained.
The Bentley EV will be built on the same PPE platform that underpins the Audi Q6 E-Tron and Porsche Macan EV. Hallmark’s aesthetic is still a bit hazy. He told ANE, “What we will not do is try to make them appear like electric automobiles.”
In a previous interview, Hallmark provided a more detailed description of how the EV would look. In 2021, he stated, “If you’re not in SUVs, you’re nowhere.” According to previous speculations, the car will be a high-riding sedan.
By 2030, Bentley intends to make only EVs, which means multiple models are on the way. “In terms of price point, one of the EVs will be more in that Mulsanne price range than anything that we have today. It has to be,” Hallmark told ANE.
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In 2020, Bentley previewed its EV future with the EXP 100 GT Concept(gallery above). The model’s sleek shape and scissor doors aren’t what we’re expecting from the electric model the brand actually intends to make.
Bentley plans to invest £2.5 billion in electric vehicles at its Crewe factory over the next ten years. By the end of the decade, the carmaker aspires to be completely carbon neutral, including vehicle development and production.
Bentley plans to deliver hybrid versions of every vehicle in its lineup before the EV arrives. Several are already on the market, and spy photos reveal a PHEV version of the Continental GT in the works.
Source: Automotive News Europe