Bentley wants to introduce an electric vehicle to meet growing customer demands, but says current-generation battery technology simply isn’t energy-efficient enough to motivate its less-than-aerodynamically-shaped cars.

Though Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark didn’t specifically say its models were too boxy for batteries, but did tell Automotive News Europe “the problem is when you get to our segment with the size of our vehicles and the frontal area we push through, current battery power density limits the size of the car you can offer with credible driving range.”

About 40 percent of the brand’s customers would consider buying an electric car, according to the Hallmark, but for Bentley, the time has to be right.

“When we build an electric car, it will be a Bentley first and foremost, and it will be an electric Bentley second,” he said.

Battery technology will probably not advance to the point Bentley needs it to until 2023 or 2025. It’s possible Bentley is waiting for the PPE platform that will underpin the 2021 Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan to reach a point where it can use it, too.

Despite Bentley showing off an EV sports car concept in the past, the EXP 12, Hallmark’s also said that when the automaker does release an electric vehicle, it won’t be a sports car.

“We have talked about sports cars in the past, but I don’t believe we need sports cars,” he said.

Source: Driving

December 3, 2018