Bentley says battery tech not ready for ultraluxury EV

Bentley will target currently unreachable super-wealthy customers with a future electric vehicle but only when battery technology improves, CEO Adrian Hallmark said.

Battery cell power density needs to be increased to power Bentley’s ultraluxury vehicles, Hallmark said.

“The problem is when you get to our segment with the size of our vehicles and the frontal area we push through, current battery power density limits the size of the car you can offer with credible driving range,” Hallmark said.

Battery technology will not improve to a level that would be suitable for a pure electric Bentley until 2023 to 2025, said Hallmark, who joined Bentley six months ago from Jaguar Land Rover.

“There is nothing industrialized in the supply chain before then,” he told Automotive News Europe.