Bentley Shows Off Plug-in Hybrid Concept Destined for '17 SUV Project
April 9, 2014 8:53 AM
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
, 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.
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