Bentley CEO promises 1MW in first EV

Rendered image of the new Bentley EV
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The first fully-electric Bentley could deliver 1MW of power when it arrives in 2025, according to Drive.

CEO Adrian Hallmark said the first battery-powered Bentley could have the ability to accelerate to 100km/h in just over 1.5 seconds.

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“If we’re 650hp (485kW) now with [Continental] GT Speed, we will be double that with the [battery-electric vehicle],” Hallmark said.

“But from a 0-to-60mph [97km/h] point of view, there are diminishing returns. The problem is, it’s uncomfortable. And then it just becomes nauseous,” he said.

“You can have 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds. Or it can be switched to 1.5 seconds.”

If this eventuates, it would undercut the world’s current fastest-accelerating production car—the Tesla Model S—by nearly half a second.

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However, Hallmark says Bentley attributes were “baked in at the beginning,” rather than the platform being adapted to suit its needs, as has been done with other models in recent years.

In regards to pricing, Hallmark said one variant of the upcoming zero-emissions model would be priced similarly to the Mulsanne, which was on sale in Australia for $564,700 plus on-road costs before being discontinued in 2020.

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