The first electric vehicle, according to Bentley’s CEO, would have 1000kW of power

The first battery-powered Bentley, according to CEO Adrian Hallmark, could sprint to 100 km/h in little over 1.5 seconds, but the required level of performance was going to be up to the driver. “If the [Continental] GT Speed has 650hp (485kW), the [battery-electric vehicle] is going to have double that,” Hallmark stated in the interview, implying the new model is going to have roughly 1000kW.

“However, there are declining returns from 0-to-60mph [97km/h].  The issue is that it is unsettling. “And then you just feel nauseous,” he explained. “You can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.  It can also be changed to 1.5 seconds.  If true, it would be about half a second faster than the world’s current fastest production car, the Tesla Model S Plaid.

The Bentley is going to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s PPE architecture, which is going to be shared with Audi and Porsche. However, according to Hallmark, Bentley features were “built-in from the start,” instead of the platform being altered to meet the needs of the model, as has been the case with other vehicles in recent years.

With Audi already showing off its PPE-based A6 E-Tron prototype and Lamborghini rumored to be developing a 2+2 grand tourer based on the PPE platform, the Bentley could take the form of a sleek 4-seater GT instead of a typical limousine.

The EXP 100 GT concept was unveiled by Bentley in 2019, giving a preview of what to anticipate in 2025. “We won’t strive to make them seem like electric cars,” Hallmark stated. The Bentley CEO also revealed that one type of the future zero-emissions model is going to be priced comparable to the Mulsanne, which was available in Australia for $564,700 with on-road costs before being phased out in 2020.

Despite the hefty price, Bentley’s CEO believes that switching to battery-electric powertrains is going to save money. “The average premium car engine costs around ten times as much as our 12-cylinder engine, and the average battery costs less than our 12-cylinder engine,” Hallmark stated.

“I can’t wait for batteries; they’re cheap in comparison,” he said. Bentley is going to invest $AU4.7 billion (£2.5 billion) to convert its Crewe facility for the new cars, making it the first of 5 electric vehicles from the British luxury brand by 2030.

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