Bentley Reveals its First All-Electric Concept Car at Geneva Motor Show

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Bentley usually makes big gas-guzzling vehicles for the one percent, but this time around they surprised attendees at the Geneva Motor Show with its first all-electric convertible, the EXP 12 Speed 6E Concept. Bentley has flirted with plug-in hybrids before, with one expected to launch in 2018, but this is the first “pure” vehicle it has made.

The 6E stays true to the classic Bentley style, affirming a promise that company chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer told Bloomberg. The executive explained his desire to make an EV that doesn’t “necessarily need to look like a refrigerator,” adding that the cars can be “sexy” and “emotional.” The company has also said that it is “committed” to producing an all-electric car in the future, and will listen to feedback about the 6E’s design.

Bentley is also using this one-off car to showcase its technological abilities, including an inductive charging plate for wire-free re-juicing. There’s also a plug hidden away when wire-free isn’t a possibility. They also built the central console out of a curved piece of glass, backed with an OLED touchscreen display that controls navigation, entertainment, and climate controls. In the meantime, passengers get their own display that enables them to send and receive email, browse social media or watch online videos.

Other than those features, actual details about the vehicle are scarce, including the size of the battery and what its proposed range would be; although, as Joe Winn points out on Twitter, that concept image of the cabin reads 256 miles on a full charge. Bentley wants its electric vehicles to travel the same distance as its gas-powered grand tourers, getting you from London to Paris, Milan or Monaco on a single charge.

Should the 6E ever go into production, however, it’ll go to China first, Dürheimer explained in his Bloomberg interview. China is becoming increasingly environmentally-aware and affluent.

 

 

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