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News First Bentley EV Will Use Lithium Batteries

First Bentley EV Will Use Lithium Batteries

Bentley expects incremental improvements in battery tech for new EV

  • Proven rather than revolutionary tech for ultralux EV

  • First model set to arrive in 2025


The first electric model from Bentley will use current battery types, rather than introducing a new tech like solid state, says the brand’s engineering boss. That means lithium-ion cells, though they’re still likely to show incremental improvements over the cells of today.

“I don’t see a step change for 2025,” Mathias Rabe said in an online presentation, reports Automotive News Europe.

Instead, Rabe said to expect better energy density, better power density, faster recharging, and lower cost all from evolutions of lithium-ion. “Battery technology is steadily evolving,” the executive said.

After its first EV, launching in 2025, Bentley will begin to introduce its new family of EVs, Rabe said, because at that point they’ll gain access to a new platform more suited to EVs from the brand.

“2025 will be a big step because we will have access to a new platform which really makes us able to create a real Bentley with characteristics such as effortless driving with [interior] space,” Rabe said.

While Bentley hasn’t said which platform they’ll be using, expect it to be the one currently in development by Audi that was reported on late last week as being readied for a series of Volkswagen Group brand flagships. After all, what is a Bentley if not a flagship?

 

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