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Bentley hints at using solid-state EV batteries as ‘liberator’ of vehicle design

Bentley EV

Nobody expects Bentley to be a major player for electric cars. But it’s fascinating to consider what the Volkswagen group’s ultra-luxe brand is thinking about its EV strategy.

First, a future electric Bentley will use the group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture. Even more intriguing, Bentley’s leadership is talking about how energy-dense, solid-state battery technology could help the brand redefine future vehicle design.


Bentley wants feedback for its first all-electric vehicle, starts with showing a stunning new convertible

As we recently reported, Bentley is weighing an all-electric SUV smaller than the Bentayga as its first all-electric vehicle. But the company is apparently still undecided since it just unveiled an all-electric convertible concept and it is requesting feedback on the vehicle to define its electrification strategy. Expand

Bentley is weighing an all-electric SUV smaller than the Bentayga, says CEO

Bentley Bentayga, Iceland, July 2016 Photo James Lipman /

At this point, premium automakers have no excuse not to have an all-electric vehicle in their line-up, like Tesla, or at least one in late stages of development, like Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, and others. It’s a different thing for more affordable vehicles, but batteries are now cheap enough to allow large battery packs in luxury cars with performance competitive with internal combustion engines.

British automaker Bentley is now considering joining the rest of the industry in electrification with an all-electric SUV. Expand