Bentley may have just widened its field of operations with the unveiling of its luxury electric car at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. An anticipating crowd was given the first look of the EXP12 Speed 6e, a convertible with an electric powertrain. The brand plans to include rapid inductive charging and connected on-board concierge services, while meeting with grand touring requirements. Bentley has yet to reveal details on performance specifications, but teased some images of the rapid inductive charging, on-board concierge services, and a passenger control panel. The official press release says that the Bentley Speed 6e will travel from 'London to Paris or from Milan to Monaco without stopping for a charge', which indicates its range on one full charge may be quite impressive.
“The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high quality materials and refinement levels you’d expect from a true Bentley. This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gather feedback on our approach,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said.
“Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested to receive feedback on this concept,” Dürheimer concluded.
Bentley has described the car's design as muscular and athletic, and that the twin bonnet scoops act as highly effective heat sinks that supply additional cooling to the battery and powertrain.
The company is hoping that luxury car buyers - 'millennials, members of Generation C and the rising affluent in developing economies' will include the new electric car on their list of possible purchases.