Bentley delays launch of first full-electric car

Bentley has pushed again manufacturing of its initially electric powered car to 2026 from 2025, CEO Adrian Hallmark reported.

Hallmark denied experiences that computer software delays had been dependable for the slip in timing for the car or truck, which is section of Audi’s Artemis job.

The auto – envisioned to be a coupe — will however be uncovered in 2025 as planned, Hallmark claimed. The hold off is a “matter of months,” he told Automotive Information Europe.

He gave no explanation for the routine change. Volkswagen Team, which owns Audi and Bentley, is functioning to a restricted timetable to launch cars and trucks on the Scalable Devices System (SSP) electric powered architecture that will underpin automobiles in the Artemis undertaking.

Audi’s very first vehicle from the project has been delayed to the finish of 2026, sources told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.

Bentley reported in November 2020 that it would drop inner combustion engines from its vehicles by 2030 and change its complete product range to complete-electrical cars. By 2026, the manufacturer will only present plug-in hybrid and comprehensive-electric powered styles. At present two electrified versions are presented, the Flying Spur and Bentayga plug-in hybrids.

Bentley programs to invest 2.5 billion pounds ($3 billion) to electrify its assortment and overhaul its production facility in Crewe, England.

Hallmark claimed the cash to fork out for the transformation arrived from Bentley alone after the brand name reversed several years of weak economic benefits to post file profits of $395 million in 2021 on deliveries of 14,659 cars and trucks. 

Bentley said first quarter income this year have been up 162 p.c to $172 million. VW Team to start with-fifty percent effects will be declared on Thursday.

The new EV will come to be the brand’s flagship car or truck when it comes, with one variant costing additional than 250,000 euros ($254,000), Hallmark informed Automotive Information Europe in an interview earlier this 12 months. He promised the vehicle would give “effortless overtaking overall performance from a massive quantity of torque on need.”

The bigger rate is not a outcome of the price tag of the battery, Hallmark mentioned. “The 12-cylinder engine is about 10 periods the value of the ordinary top quality car motor, and the ordinary battery is fewer than our 12-cylinder engine. I are not able to wait around for batteries, they’re low cost in relative phrases,” he mentioned.

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