A rumoured upcoming Bentley electric vehicle will not be sharing the J1 platform that underpins the new Porsche Taycan; instead, it’s liable to use the PPE platform Porsche’s developed in partnership with Audi.

The PPE platform is set for production in 2021, and will be used underneath a new generation of performance electric cars.

The partnership between Audi and Porsche to develop the platform has resulted in a 30-percent-cheaper development cost.

Bentley is planning to build an EV model to help lower its carbon footprint, according to Automotive News, as the company relies mostly on the sales of large luxury sedans and SUVs, which use giant, awesome (but highly polluting) engines.

An electric drivetrain would allow Bentley to sell vehicles in markets that have much more stringent emissions regulations, not to mention provide a quieter driving experience for the opulent occupant.

A concept Bentley with an electric drivetrain was shown at the Geneva Motor Show this year, called the EXP 12 Speed 6e, but the new model is unlikely to be a two-seat sports car like the concept, and more likely to be a coupe or a sedan.

The vehicle is targeted for release before 2025, according to CEO Adrian Hallmark, although production has not yet been confirmed. Bentley will make a decision on whether to build the car or not by next year.

Source: Driving

November 7, 2018