Bentley likes to see itself as a progressive company that has been keeping up with the times. Highly aware of the inevitable conquest of electrified vehicles, the British automaker has moved forward with plans to launch its very own pure electric vehicle.
Rolf Frech, Bentley’s board member in charge of engineering, confirmed to Australian outlet Drive that the company will eventually release a premium electric vehicle that will rival the Tesla Model S, stating:
“We are currently in the stage where we are evaluating all the possibilities, but there are so many question marks behind this. I think there will be an answer within the next six months to a year to decide which direction we will go, but of course electric will be a future strategy direction for Bentley.”
The car could be based on the striking Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept that debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, featuring a low center of gravity and sporty driving dynamics that are ideally suited for an electric drivetrain.
Porsche is already working a production version of the electric Mission E Concept, which could serve as the basis for the electric Bentley considering that both brands are owned by the Volkswagen Group.
Frech didn’t reveal when the model will launch but chances are we won’t see it until 2020 at the earliest.