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Bentley Showcases First-Ever Electric Concept


Recently debuted at the auto show in Geneva, and delighting auto enthusiasts everywhere, has been the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, the potential for a Bentley battery-powered convertible car that is a separate idea from the recent plug-in hybrid that is set for 2018, the Bentayga SUV.

Executives for the company stated that should the EXP 12 be well-received by analysts and VIP guests within car circuits in the future (Pebble Beach and Shanghai), then it could lead to an electric car being produced by the company, sometime in 2021.

And is it ever a delight to look at. There are two air vents split into the front hood and it has round, crystal-cut LED headlights, as well as that huge Bentley front grill in rubbed copper and silver. When the engine starts a symbol (6e) shines from underneath the grille’s mesh. It also has a mix of the old-meets-the-new to this concept, with both a vintage and modern feel to the vehicle that only seats two.

Auto News Today revealed that the company has not yet released any additional information about the car, including size, capabilities, or range, but experts believe it will be a high-performing vehicle. Spokespeople for Bentley did relay the car would have rapid inductive charging, with no cables; as well as an AC through a back outlet, hidden behind the licence plate for backup. The concept would also have on-board connected concierge services coming directly from the company. We’re sold already!

While the potential electric vehicle presented at the auto show had no top, should the vehicle head into production it will be built with a soft-top. It’s important to note, the company has yet to produce a convertible with a hard-top. If production does start, it’s probable that this Bentley EV will hit China first, due to its environmentally-friendly appeal and the wealthy demographic in this market.