It would presumably be a high-riding sedan with a goal range of 300-350 miles.
In producing their first EVs, Bentley won’t follow the same approach as other manufacturers do. Most agreed to convert their first electric model series into an SUV to capitalize on the demand for that vehicle type. But Bentley plans to adhere to tradition and make their first EV a sedan (with a twist).
As it will house its battery pack on the floor like all conventional EVs. The goal is to make it a somewhat higher riding sedan according to Autocar. This will not only allow enough space inside (and not drive up uncomfortably high knees of the occupants). But it will also boost the off-road capabilities of the car marginally. Although this is not a big consideration for those working on the layout.
The automaker believes that producing an SUV would inevitably result in it being less powerful. And therefore not being able to operate on a single charge for as long. The Bentley EV would be similar to the Jaguar I-Pace. But more intense (and of course luxurious) according to the report.
And other manufactures will also follow this type of vehicle (something in between standard cars and SUVs). For starters, Jaguar’s forthcoming J-Pace model. As well as the model we currently know as the ‘Road Rover,’ a Range Rover EV that is intended to be driven mainly on the tarmac.
Sometime in the middle of this decade. The electric Bentley so scheduled to launch. And the automaker hopes battery engineering will have advanced to a point where it will be able to sell a 300 to the 350-mile-range car.
Hallmark also noted that Bentley is very keen to see solid-state batteries becoming a practical way of storing energy for EVs. With attention to them.