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Is this Bentley's electric future?

Is this Bentley's electric future?

David Whinyates, 2017-03-07

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BOSSES at Bentley would like to have a little chat with you about their ambitions to produce exclusive electrically powered models.

And to show it's serious, the British luxury car maker has taken the wraps off a sensational-looking two-seater drop-head model at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Called the EXP 12 Speed 6e, it's designed as a concept car but the company says it showcases the direction of Bentley's future exterior and interior design direction.

Essentially, however, it's designed to elicit feedback from potential buyers who have enough greenbacks to indulge in green motoring with the highest levels of luxury and craftsmanship..

Bentley believes that the concept will open discussions with luxury car buyers of the future - including what it calls "the rising affluent in developing economies".

Says the company's chairman and chief executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer:"The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high quality materials and refinement levels you'd expect from a true Bentley. This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gather feedback on our approach.

"Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested to receive feedback on this concept," Dürheimer concluded.

Bentley's vision is for customers to benefit from high-speed inductive charging and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, says the company, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge.

The luxury brand's electric car strategy includes the introduction of PHEV models across the Bentley model range over the next few years, starting with the Bentayga in 2018.

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