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Bentley hybrid tech will show up in new SUV in 2017

Bentley isn’t exactly a company that you think of when the words “fuel efficiency” come up. Bentley is mostly known for making including luxurious, heavy, and powerful vehicles that only the super wealthy can afford. However, that doesn’t mean that the company can’t embrace “green” technology.
 
Bentley is talking up its hybrid concept ahead of the vehicle’s debut in China. The hybrid tech is being showcased inside the Bentley Mulsanne. However, the first production car from Bentley that is planned to use the hybrid tech will be a new Bentley SUV hitting the roads in 2017. The Bentley SUV will use the same platform as the next generation Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, and will come equipped with a 575hp V12 engine.

Bentley's Mulsanne Hybrid Concept
 
"There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley's values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range.
 
“By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector."


Bentley's upcoming SUV
 
The car’s plug-in hybrid system promises a power increase of up to 25% while reducing CO2 by 70%. Bentley notes that the hybrid system will bring those benefits without affecting the luxury of the vehicle. The hybrid vehicle will be able to drive 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone.

It's also unclear at this time exactly how large the battery pack will be or how long it will take to charge.

Sources: Autoblog, Left Lane News



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Torque fill
By syslog2000 on 4/9/2014 11:10:49 AM , Rating: 3

I think the high end brands will be using hybrid power trains not only to save fuel but more so for performance. The new McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 both illustrate this usage. The smaller turbo charged ICE will have turbo lag. During this lag time the electric motor(s) will engage to "fill in" the torque gap. The result would be a more power off the get-go. Of course the electric motors will also be used in conjunction with the ICE when more performance is needed at higher speeds too.

The cool thing is that this type of torque fill is coming to mainstream cars too. Ford is experimenting with this right now. Actually they are using supercapacitors instead of a big battery bank but the intent is to have a large 48V battery that provides all the electric needs of the car plus the power need for the electric motor to do its torque filling.

Cool stuff!




RE: Torque fill
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/9/2014 12:21:32 PM , Rating: 2
Watching Chris Harris' review of the McLaren P1 was a sight to behold...

"It's a whole new thing" :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb8tGX-HPQE


RE: Torque fill
By syslog2000 on 4/9/2014 12:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
It was pretty cool. If you haven't, check out Top Gear's 918 review. Lovely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_cHky99TNc

Top gear reviewed the P1, but I do like Chris' take on it.


RE: Torque fill
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/9/2014 1:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. Seen both reviews. I'll take the P1.


This is where we should be putting hybrids
By Solandri on 4/9/2014 4:14:32 PM , Rating: 1
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Bentley is mostly known for making including luxurious, heavy, and powerful vehicles that only the super wealthy can afford. However, that doesn’t mean that the company can’t embrace “green” technology.

This misconception that gas guzzler and hybrid are incompatible stems from the use of MPG to measure fuel efficiency. Fuel efficiency is actually not MPG, it's GPM. Because MPG is the inverse of fuel efficiency, it means the bigger MPG numbers actually represent the smaller fuel savings.

e.g. If you drive 12,000 miles per year in an econobox which gets 40 MPG, you burn 300 gallons. If you hybridize it and improve the mileage by 25% to 50 MPG, you burn 240 gallons. A savings of 60 gallons.

If you drive 12,000 miles per year in a Bently which gets 14 MPG, you burn 857 gallons. If you hybridize it and improve the mileage by 25% to 17.5 MPG, you burn 686 gallons. A savings of 171 gallons. Nearly 3x the fuel savings of the econobox.

40 MPG -> 50 MPG saves 60 gallons
14 MPG -> 17.5 MPG saves 171 gallons

The bigger number represents the smaller fuel savings.

If the push for more fuel efficient vehicles were truly based on reducing the amount of oil the country burns, then hybrids would have shown up first in trucks and luxury vehicles that get poor gas mileage. That's where it can save the most fuel. But because it's being driven by image, it showed up first in econoboxes where it saves the least fuel, but which people can park in their driveway to advertise their green-ness to their neighbors.




By syslog2000 on 4/10/2014 5:36:38 PM , Rating: 2

If it was being driven by image, wouldn't it show up on the Bentley first?

Reality is that the smaller fuel saving means more to the guy driving the econobox. The guy tooling around in the bentley is not going to care about spending a little extra on fuel. He might care if he gets more performance from his pricey ride though... and if he saves a bit of fuel because of it, well that's just icing on the cake.


Great
By heomapnhat on 4/10/2014 2:31:34 AM , Rating: 2
It was pretty cool. If you haven't, check out Top Gear's 918 review. Lovel
http://iphonechinhhang.org




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