Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark told Automotive News Europe that consumers shouldn't expect a 100% electric Bentley until 2025 or even later.
According to an interview published this week, the future of Bentley is entirely turned towards "electrification", although the manufacturer does not plan to market a fully electric model before 2025. Adrian Hallmark, the current CEO of the manufacturer, told Automotive News Europe that "2025 is the earliest date for us to successfully offer a Bentley with credible electric battery." The company is still looking for where to develop its electric vehicles, and is hesitant to enter existing factories or build new ones.
Adrian Hallmark says the first electric cars will have to be new vehicles, although they don't necessarily have to have a new name. He believes that simply swapping a combustion engine for rechargeable batteries would significantly compromise the performance of the vehicle. It remains to be seen on which segment of the electric model the firm is working. Since Bentley belongs to the Volkswagen group, it is possible that the model will be built on one of the German company's existing electric platforms.
While waiting for a 100% electric Bentley, fans of the automaker can fall back on the brand's only hybrid model, the Bentayga SUV. Although it contains a powerful V6 engine, it is still a little greener than the rest of the Bentley offering.