Bentley’s First Electric Car Won’t Be What You’re Expecting

Luxury

Don’t get your hopes up about the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept going into production.

This year marks 100 years since Bentley was formed. To celebrate its historic anniversary, the automaker recently announced it will present a new special edition model inspired by one of the company's iconic racing models at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This won’t be the only new model that will commemorate Bentley’s centennial celebrations, however, as the automaker will also be presenting a brand new mystery concept car.

"It’s our vision of a luxury car in the future,” Dr Werner Tietz, head of engineering at Bentley, revealed to CarSales. "It will show where we are going to, where we are heading. But, of course, with the relationship to the history of Bentley.”

No further details were revealed, but Tietz hinted the concept will be unveiled around the middle of this year. Judging from his comments, it could debut at the UK’s 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. This would make sense, since the Festival of Speed kicks off just a few days before Bentley's centenary on July 10.

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Tietz went on to reveal new details about Bentley’s first ever all-electric car. In the short term, Bentley is committing to plug-in hybrids, but the automaker also plans to roll out an all-electric model in the future. The automaker’s first EV will be a new standalone model designed for city driving, rather than a derivative.

"It’s easier to do it that way because the package is easier. It is quite difficult to build a flat electrified car.” Despite being a city car, it won’t be a small electric car like the BMW i3 – it’s going to be a proper Bentley. "It has to be luxury. We are thinking about an extraordinary luxury car for big cities. So this is the direction. We don’t build a small car. It will be a luxury car with enough space to sit in.”

Tietz’s comments support previous reports that Bentley’s first EV won’t be a sports car, so don’t get your hopes up about the beautiful Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept going into production.

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