Bentley To Electrify All Models, First EV Coming By 2025

Bentley might be an old school luxury brand, but the company has dipped its toes in the electrification waters with the Bentayga plug-in hybrid.

Roadshow reports the crosover will arrive in the United States late this year and kick off an electrification push for the automaker.

Speaking of the latter, Bentley’s board member for sales and marketing said the company will “bring out hybrid versions of all our models by 2023.” Chris Craft also confirmed the brand’s first electric vehicle will be launched by 2025.

Little is known about the upcoming EV, but Craft said electric vehicles are a “big part of our future.” While EV sales only represent a small faction of the overall automotive market, they’re growing in popularity and Craft noted “Over 30% of luxury buyers are interested in electric cars.”

In a separate interview with Car & Driver, Craft revealed electric vehicles are good fit for Bentley as electric motors deliver instantaneous torque which is a hallmark of the brand. Electric vehicles are also quiet and that’s another aspect that is closely associated with ultra-luxury brands such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

Also Read: 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Unveiled As World’s Best “Luxury Grand Touring Sports Sedan”

While Craft didn’t say much about the upcoming hybrids, they’ll presumably include the Continental GT, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. It remains unclear what will power them, but they could use the same powertrain as the Bentayga Hybrid.

As you may recall, the crossover has a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an electric motor and an undisclosed battery pack. The company has been coy on specifics, but has previously confirmed the model can be recharged in as little as 2.5 hours and travel over 31 miles (50 km) on electricity alone in the New European Driving Cycle.

  • Bo Hanan

    Bentley’s looking like large Audi’s.

    • PK

      umm vw group?

      • Bo Hanan

        Two different brands and one should be more upscale…. Get it?

        • PK

          i guess.

    • Don’t know for new GT, but old GT drove like an Audi. felt like an A8 or fat Passat to drive. I guess the one drives like a Panamera…

  • B.Stokes

    Luxury EV’s make so much sense. Torquey, quite, and heavy lol.

    • Bart

      Bentleys are so heavy right now, that putting batteries into them might put them over 3,5 tonnes limit for cars.

  • Bart

    Funny. Not so long ago Bentley’s CEO argued that electrification and Bentley do not match. Although, to be fair, he also said that mid-2020s is the first possible moment to introduce EV Bentley (depending on batteries tech available by then).

  • Mark Hawthorne

    Bentley had a project to produce a Porsche based EV then cancelled it when they were in financial crisis. The engineers were all redeployed. The BS about electrified Bentleys from the CEO was covering up the fact they couldn’t afford it at the time. 2025 means they haven’t even started again.

  • sidewaysspin

    So depressing, next the steering wheels will come off and then it becomes just a luxurious pod, the end of Bentley as we knew it.

  • Electric for the Sedans makes sense, they are driven for clients on short distances. And for the SUV if they want to keep claiming they make the fastest…

  • Enter Ranting

    Don’t rush into it, Bentley.

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