That a brand with a history closely linked to large-displacement internal combustion engines has moved to make its range a series of electric cars in its entirety, without a doubt represents a turning point in its journey. It’s what Bentley announced just a few days ago with its “Benyond100” plan, and we’re already looking forward to the Crewe-based manufacturer’s next steps toward full electrification.
And he announces it at the same time that another manufacturer whose identity has been forged around internal combustion engines confirmed that there will probably never be a brand of 100 percent electric cars. We talked about Ferrari and the statements of its CEO, Louis Camilleri, who commented that saying that Ferrari would become an electric car brand was taking things to the extreme.
Meanwhile at Bentley they look to the future and have already decided where the steps of their first electric car will go, which is postulated as a great rival for what will also be the first electric car of its greatest rival, Rolls-Royce and its Silent Shadow .
During the on-line presentation of their strategy called “Beyond100” they announced that its first electric car will arrive during 2025, on which these days statements have been added by Matthias Rabe, head of engineering of the brand and of which Automotive News echoes.
He commented on the top figure in terms of engineering within Bentley: “I do not see a radical change for 2025”, referring to the technology in the field of batteries that its first electric will show off, and that is that although the first electric Bentley will make use of a new platform for them in electric cars, by the time it reaches the market, even if there is another type of technology at their fingertips, long before they will have had to develop their electric, so surely, and Much to his regret, it will arrive with lithium ion batteries.O.
Although as Matthis Rabe himself pointed out, and as this morning we have spoken: “Battery technology is constantly evolving”, so when the first electric Bentley hits the market, it will do so with lithium-ion batteries with a higher energy density and faster charging power, in addition to a less pronounced cost for the firm.
The platform on which it will be based will be the same on which the electric Porsche Taycan and the new Audi RS e-tron sit, the Premium Platform Electric (PPE)Although this is an aspect that has not been confirmed by Bentley, it can be said that it is an open secret.
What type of body we are talking about is still unknown. Since although previously many media, and as Automotive News points out, had commented that the Bentley chief engineer had hinted that It would be an SUV, later he himself dismissed all the rumors saying that he was simply talking about taking advantage of all the interior space to place the batteries under his floor
We will have to wait a few more months to have more contrasted data in this regard, but taking into account the statements of Rabe, Everything indicates that the first electric Bentley will be a large electric saloon, as anticipated by the EXP 100 prototype.