Team-BHP > Electric Cars


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 4th May 2021, 13:38   #1
BHPian
 
RahulNagaraj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 102
Thanked: 1,049 Times
Default New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines

Bentley is said to be working on its first fully electric vehicle, which will come in the form of an SUV. According to media reports, the arrival of the all-new Bentley electric SUV will mark the brand's transition to an EV-only luxury car brand, phasing out IC-engines completely in the process.

New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines-bentleymullinerhybrid1.jpg

Reports suggest that Bentley will collaborate with Audi for its first EV, scheduled to debut in 2025. The all-new electric SUV from Bentley will make use of the Volkswagen Group's Artemis platform, which is spearheaded by the German carmaker.

New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines-bentleymullinerhybrid2.jpg

Bentley also states that while EVs do have weight concerns, the rapid advancement in technology by 2025 will allow them to make their EVs lighter and more aerodynamic.

New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines-bentleymullinerhybrid3.jpg

Ahead of its fully-electric SUV debut in 2025, Bentley is also said to introduce plug-in hybrid versions of its Flying Spur and Continental GT. These models are expected to arrive by late-2021.

Source: carmagazine.co.uk

Link to Team-BHP news
RahulNagaraj is online now   (8) Thanks
Old 4th May 2021, 15:02   #2
BHPian
 
vinair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 657
Thanked: 1,684 Times
Default Re: New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines

Interesting developments! With this, what could be called a status symbol going forward? Tech or Tradition? What about reliability? Will an electric Bentley be more reliable (with fewer mechanical, mechatronic etc etc)? Why would anyone buy a electric Bentley over a new, cutting edge tech car (newer Tesla models or may a worthy competitor to Tesla in future!)??
vinair is offline  
Old 4th May 2021, 17:30   #3
Distinguished - BHPian
 
lamborghini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 5,449
Thanked: 3,415 Times
Default Re: New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines

Quote:
Originally Posted by vinair View Post
Interesting developments! With this, what could be called a status symbol going forward? Tech or Tradition? What about reliability? Will an electric Bentley be more reliable (with fewer mechanical, mechatronic etc etc)? Why would anyone buy a electric Bentley over a new, cutting edge tech car (newer Tesla models or may a worthy competitor to Tesla in future!)??
IMO, this will not really dampen the status value of the brand. If at all, it may elevate it just a little bit.
I believe that the target market for this car consist of people who are becoming increasingly conscious of the environment / want to be seen in the latest toy in the market (which includes the going green trend).
A few true enthusiasts may be disappointed - but they have alternatives in a similar price bracket.

I don't expect it to be much more reliable. Most of the breakdowns in these cars are due to the electricals / gadgets, not as much the engine.

And with the EV, the Bentley should be able to match most cutting edge cars like the Teslas in terms of technology, whilst retaining the Bentley charm.
It could however be a closer fight between the EQS Maybach (when & if they launch it) & the next gen EV Bentley Sedan (Flying Spur replacement?).
lamborghini is offline   (3) Thanks
Old 5th May 2021, 06:51   #4
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 60,937
Thanked: 201,639 Times
Default Re: New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines

Quote:
Originally Posted by vinair View Post
Will an electric Bentley be more reliable (with fewer mechanical, mechatronic etc etc)? Why would anyone buy a electric Bentley over a new, cutting edge tech car (newer Tesla models or may a worthy competitor to Tesla in future!)??
Don't forget who owns Bentley = VW. VW is betting big on electric cars and is poised to pour billions of euros into the R&D of its electric powertrains. As VW has always been with their turbo-petrols, turbo-diesels and gearboxes, I expect them to be among the best when it comes to EV driveability & performance too. Just see what Porsche (a VW company) has achieved with the Taycan. And that is just their first attempt!
GTO is offline   (2) Thanks
Old 5th May 2021, 09:02   #5
Team-BHP Support
 
vb-san's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: S'pore/Thrissur
Posts: 6,060
Thanked: 7,969 Times
Default Re: New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines

When it comes to EVs I think the differentiating factor (for the likes of Bentley) will be how they up the luxury quotient. Because from a power and range point of view, there won’t be much to differentiate with other (less luxurious) models. For e.g., A Model X can match or even better the 0-100 timings of a Bentley. They will be depending high on that sense of occasion aspect, like the Taycan.
vb-san is offline   (2) Thanks
Old 5th May 2021, 12:26   #6
BHPian
 
padmrajravi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Kozhikode
Posts: 658
Thanked: 2,380 Times
Default Re: New Bentley EV to debut in 2025; will phase-out IC-engines

I think all these luxury manufacturers are phasing out IC engines too soon. In my opinion they should never be moving to completely electric power trains and should stay with plugin hybrids for the foreseeable future.

In 2025, all the poor guys like me will be trying to move to completely electric because of the sky rocketing fuel prices. At those times, luxury will be having an IC car or a plugin hybrid and not having to queue up for charging. I think the luxury manufacturers are getting it wrong. Poor guys should be driving pure electric cars. Rich guys should be driving plugin hybrids that can do both.

Last edited by padmrajravi : 5th May 2021 at 12:27.
padmrajravi is online now   (1) Thanks
Reply

Most Viewed
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Copyright 2000 - 2021, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks