Luxury British car makers, Bentley, are set to make their first move into the electric car space after announcing their plans to have their first all-electric car on the roads by 2025.
This new venture is part of an increased effort to step up their electric plans since new CEO, Adrian Hallmark, took over at Bentley earlier this year.
Mr Hallmark explained:
“When is the first full-electric Bentley? That is currently in the decision process, but our target is definitely before 2025.”
“It [Bentley] was taking stock of all the models, all the powertrains, all the future technologies that we needed to invest in and re-cut the plan to be more electrified than we were.”
The new car will use an Audi/Porsche platform, so expect to see a lot of similarities between Bentley’s electric car and the Taycan. This is a car set to be launched next year by sister company, Porsche.
Car enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting more updates regarding the car’s specifications. Details of how much of an influence Porsche will have is just mere speculation at this stage. The new all-electric car won’t be the first Bentley to be influenced by the Bentley/Porsche team-up though. Since Bentley owners, Volkswagen, took control of Porsche six years ago, we have seen some subtle yet significant changes to Bentley’s iconic Continental GT.
The latest generation Continental GT saw several Porsche-like features integrated into it. The GT is built upon Porsche’s rear-wheel-drive MSB platform and also adopted the Porsche dual-clutch transmission.
Whilst the dual-clutch transmission has seen several issues, we can expect the rear-wheel-drive MSB platform to feature in many future Bentley models.
With Bentley showcasing an all-electric sports car concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show it remains to be seen if they will push forward with these plans or switch to a model more like Porsche’s four-door coupe, the Taycan.
Let us know what you think, what can we expect in 2025?