Is Bentley Making The Right Choice By Looking Towards Electric Cars?

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Electric cars aren’t really luxurious.

With the exception of Tesla’s electric cars, there aren’t a lot of electrically-powered cars out there that are luxurious. However, Bentley is planning on changing all of that in the near future. In addition to coming out with a gasoline-electric variant of the Bentley Bentayga SUV, the automaker is already looking into engineering an all-electric car. According to a recent interview with Bentley’s chief engineer Rolf Frech and Australia’s Drive, an electric car from Bentley is coming soon.

“I think there will be an answer within the next six months to a year to decide which direction we will go,” stated Frech when asked about an electric Bentley. “But of course electric will be a future strategy direction for Bentley.” While an electric Bentley makes sense, it’s interesting to hear the British automaker’s strategy after Rolls-Royce revealed that it has no interest in creating an electric car. Frech also revealed that Porsche’s Mission E concept is an example of electric technology that Bentley could utilize. “We not only have the ability to use the [Mission E] platform but we can also use a lot of these modules to bring into our car,” stated Frech.

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Unlike Rolls-Royce, Bentley’s larger parent—the Volkswagen Group—is in some hot water because of emissions scandal, so it makes sense for Bentley to focus on making an electric car. However, the British automaker will most likely create a plug-in hybrid variant for each model in its lineup before undertaking an electric car.

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