Most current electric cars are especially limited in terms of design. On the one hand, it is necessary to highlight the need for an image with curves oriented towards aerodynamic improvement. This is so, mainly, to take advantage of the still inefficient current batteries. Gaining autonomy due to low air resistance is essential in current mobility.
Bentley is willing to transform battery technology in order to have greater freedom to produce models with great performance and eye-catching design. The Bentley EXP 100 GT, which was presented a few months ago, is the best proof of that.
The first electrified Bentleys will use a new platform designed for larger cars, namely the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture, just introduced with the Porsche Taycan. The British brand is already thinking about solid-state batteries and the future of design, here are the words of Adrian Hallmark, CEO of Bentley: “I’m not saying that we are guaranteed to go solid state, but that is already on the radar within that mid-2020s period. They are about 30% lighter for the same power as lithium-ion. An I-pace has 720kg of batteries, so going to 500kg instead of 720kg makes a difference. Also, think about how that changes the packaging.“
This technology could serve to enjoy greater flexibility in terms of aesthetics. This new step would allow, besides making possible a greater disposition of free space, to have greater freedom for the materialization of more striking designs.
At the moment, the only concept that the company has developed is this: the Bentley EXP 100 GT. It is a vehicle equipped with many extremely technological features. Regardless of what it looks like, or what it’s powered by, it’s not expected to arrive until 2025 at the earliest. The design can have a great influence when making a decision about a purchase.