Bentley’s first EV pushed back a year to 2026

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Bentley will not launch its first electrical automobile till 2026, a 12 months later than initially deliberate, in line with the model’s CEO.

In an interview with Automotive Information (subscription required) revealed on Wednesday, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark mentioned the EV has been delayed, however did not present a purpose.

He nonetheless denied the delay was as a consequence of reported setbacks at Volkswagen Group’s Cariad software program improvement unit. Bloomberg reported on Monday that Volkswagen Group’s CEO shuffle final week was as a consequence of delays in model launches at Audi, Bentley and Porsche attributable to software program points.

The primary Bentley EV is being developed alongside an identical Audi model code-named Mission Artemis, with each to make use of a model of VW Group’s future SSP platform. Porsche was initially a part of the mission however reportedly pulled out earlier this 12 months. Porsche is now anticipated to make use of for its model VW Group’s PPE platform which debuts shortly within the Audi Q6 E-Tron.

Adrian Hallmark

Adrian Hallmark

Hallmark mentioned regardless of the delay, which he mentioned in actuality will solely be a number of months versus a full 12 months, Bentley will nonetheless reveal the EV in 2025.

He did not say whether or not the delay may also end in Bentley lacking its goal of getting a full-electric lineup by 2030, a goal that was first introduced in 2020.

Apparently, Hallmark mentioned Bentley is within the distinctive place the place an EV battery is definitely cheaper than the engines Bentley makes use of in its automobiles.

“The common battery is lower than our 12-cylinder engine,” he informed Automotive Information. “I can not look forward to batteries, they’re low cost in relative phrases.”

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