Bentley jumps on board the plug-in bandwagon

The luxury automaker will introduce a Mulsanne plug-in concept at the Beijing auto show and will follow with a production SUV in 2017. Bentley plans to electrify 90% of its vehicles by 2020.

The Volkswagen Group has proven itself to be committed to electrifying its lineup, particularly in the form of plug-in electric hybrids. Bentley, the prestigious luxury brand of the VW Group, is showing that it is no exception by introducing plug-in models to its lineup.

Bentley announced in a press release that it will display a plug-in Mulsanne concept at the Beijing auto show later this month. Rather than green or blue accents found in mainstream electric vehicles, Bentley has aptly chosen to provide copper detailing to represent the vehicle’s electrified character. The concept previews the technology that will go into production with an upcoming SUV set for a 2017 release date.

In the press release, the company claims 25% greater power and 70% fewer emissions compared to the legacy powertrain. The second figure is rather vague based on the nature of a plug-in hybrid, but Bentley also indicated a concrete number: 50 km, or 31 miles, of all-electric range.


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Well written Luke. Thank you. As to volume? A drop in the pond as the English say. The Bentley in its current manifestation is a very limited production vehicle. And, it isn't unusual to find two or three "new" model years sitting on a very exclusive Bentley, Rolls Royce showroom floor. Will the '1%' jump on the EV bandwagon, Who cares? What we need is an affordable mass-produced EV for the general population. Untill than, EV's at this level will be just another toy for the wealthy.