On several occasions, Bentley’s leaders, the Volkswagen Group’s luxury brand, have confirmed that its first production electric car will arrive around the year 2025. The British firm has never ventured to provide a specific roadmap on its way towards total electrification until today, which has surprised locals and strangers with its ambitious plans.
Bentley has announced that starting in 2030; it will only sell 100% electric cars. If its first vehicle of this type will arrive in 2025, this means that in just five years, the company will go from having a line-up made up exclusively of models with thermal engines to one made up entirely of electric ones.
It has been rumored for some time that Bentley’s first electric will be the brother of the Audi A9 e-Tron and the next electric Porsche Panamera. Two twin models that are being developed by Audi’s Artemis division under the “Landjet” project. This representative saloon could take up the discontinued name Mulsanne.
This hypothetical electric Bentley Mulsanne would make use of the PPE modular platform, jointly developed by Audi and Porsche. It would be placed within the British manufacturer’s offer above the current Flying Spur, becoming the company’s new top of the range in terms of size, technology, and price.
Bentley will continue betting on plug-in hybrids before being fully electrified, and has confirmed two new launches for next year (already in 2026, the firm will only offer plug-in vehicles, both hybrid and pure electric). This strategy contrasts with its biggest rival, Rolls-Royce, which will go directly from thermal to electric, skipping the intermediate step that is plug-in hybrids.
By 2030 Bentley wants to achieve neutral carbon dioxide emissions; by 2025, the firm aims to reduce the Crewe factory’s environmental impact by 75%. These objectives have been reflected in its corporate strategy “Beyond100,” which seeks to transform the historic manufacturer’s foundations in the coming years.