As Bentley aims to go all-electric by the end of the decade, the luxury car brand is focusing on launching electric vehicles that promise to double the power of the automaker’s current W12 engine. British car publication Autocar UK says Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark has shared some interesting information about the brand’s upcoming electrification strategy and technology.
The Bentley CEO has reportedly said that upcoming EVs will use W12 batteries. The British luxury car brand further said that its range of EVs will offer two different battery options. The person in charge also revealed that the W12 battery will feature in the sporty Speed Bentley. As he points out, the high-performance electric motor will deliver 50 to 100 percent more power than the current W12 internal combustion engine.
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The recent launch of the ultra-exclusive Bentley Batur marks the beginning of the end of the automaker’s W12 engine ahead of the scheduled 2030 deadline, when the automaker’s V6 and V8 engines will also be discontinued.
The Batur is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine capable of producing a peak power of 740 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. In this scenario, automakers are expected to introduce more powerful electric vehicles. In fact, Bentley’s CEO hinted last year that the automaker could bring a 1,400-horsepower electric car that could accelerate from 0-96 km/h in just 1.5 seconds.
Hallmark also said that the Bentley electric car can travel 724 kilometers on a single charge. These EVs can charge their batteries from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes. Overall, the Bentley boss says the company will continue to roll out typical Bentleys. “Our job is to build a Bentley, not a pure electric car with a Bentley badge on it,” he added.
First published date: April 16, 2023 at 11:21 AM CST