Bentley pushes back electric target

Bentley does not want to become a pure EV manufacturer until 2033 and not 2030, as initially planned. The carmaker plans to invest "hundreds of millions" more in PHEVs, which will be the most important drive type until then.

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After Aston Martin, Bentley also slowed down its electric course. However, the VW luxury brand is delaying its first BEV model (as with Aston Martin) and its entire planning. In November 2020, Bentley announced its “Beyond100” strategy. It said that the British luxury brand will convert its entire model range to battery-electric vehicles by 2030.

As the British portal Autocar reports, that will now not be the case until 2033. Bentley brand boss Adrian Hallmark, who developed the “Beyond100” strategy, sees the decision and investment in further plug-in hybrids as part of the already decided programme. It is thus not “rowed back from,” he says. According to Hallmark, Bentley is currently working on the launch of a new performance PHEV with a V8 combustion engine, which will replace the non-electrified W12 engine.

After the manufacturer had already postponed the launch of its first BEV model from 2025 to 2026, Bentley is now talking about “late 2026.” It will be a completely new model. The four other BEVs announced will be electric successors to the well-known Continental GT, Continental GTC, Flying Spur and Bentayga series. The first Bentley electric car will be based on the PPE developed jointly by Audi and Porsche. The drive technology of the Porsche Macan and the recently unveiled Audi Q6 e-tron could therefore provide a first impression of the drive technology.


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