The British luxury automaker has recently reaffirmed its stance on electrification, aiming to deliver a hybrid version for each and every future model. But there’s also a PHEV in the pipeline – a version for the Bentayga SUV.
CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer has also delivered the stance of the brand on this types of vehicles – as the company thinks plug-in hybrids are not just a temporary solution before full electric technology arrives, but actually the architecture that delivers the best of both worlds. “PHEV sometimes is mentioned as a transitional technology – it will be out of our way pretty soon,” commented the manager during the 2017 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. “From my point of view, plug-in hybrid technology provides the best of two worlds.”
Duerheimer also explained the PHEV versions of the Bentley cars will be the best solution for buyers looking to enjoy their cars in city centers, where regular petrol and diesel models might be soon banned. And when the time has come for a longer trip the hybrids are feasible as opposed to full electrics. “To cover long distances and to make it from one city to another – and you travel long distances in the U.S. – I think the combustion engine will follow us for a long time,” Duerheimer added. The first Bentley to get the PHEV treatment will be the Bentayga, probably arriving sometime next year, followed by a hybridized Continental GT.
Via Automotive News