The first electric car Bentley will be an all-terrain wagonApril 1, 2020
The electric car of the British brand should appear in 2025.
Bentley began conceptual work on a new all-terrain wagon, which he is preparing to release as his first all-electric car. The radical model will contribute to the company’s desire to establish itself as the most environmentally friendly and sustainable leader in the production of premium cars in the world.
In their quest to establish global leadership in these areas, Bentley executives want to follow the launch of their first hybrid models this year, introducing their first electric car by 2025. This date is already challenging designers and engineers, as they need to release a mass model for customers who are looking for impressions of long trips along with the capabilities of modern cars.
Big investments in battery technology are already helping lower costs and improve battery capabilities. However, it is believed that the next notable step forward will occur when solid-state batteries begin to be released, which is not expected to happen until the end of the decade. Thus, Bentley is likely to launch its first electric car, using a more mature version of modern lithium-ion battery technology.
However, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark hinted that his teams had already found one potential solution by developing a car similar to the Jaguar I-Pace, but more extreme. This car combines the traditional form of a station wagon with a more powerful body to accommodate the battery, but does not reach a complete SUV, which is aerodynamically inefficient and, therefore, reduces the range.
The estimated date of 2025 and the comments of the head of the brand are evidence that the first Bentley EV will occupy a leading position in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, which the company has sought in recent years.
At the end of last year, the Bentley Crewe plant was certified carbon neutral, emphasizing an increasingly holistic approach to sustainability. The concept of the EXP 100 GT, introduced last year and designed to celebrate the centenary of the company, also hinted at the transmission, materials and production methods that Bentley works with.
In addition, the interior of the EXP 100 GT is characterized by innovative use of materials, including natural wood, glass, fabrics and leather. Some of the materials presented on the concept have already been transferred to production in the Bachelor, such as rice pigment paint, sheep wool and river wood.
Bentley has made good progress in developing alternatives to the interior styles that have dominated his cars for decades, albeit in combination with technological advances such as biometric seats, to control and potentially enhance passenger well-being.
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