Bentley claim to be the first luxury manufacturer to unveil a plug in hybrid car, with their new Bentley Hybrid Concept that the manufacturer will unveil at the upcoming 2014 Beijing Motor Show (Auto China) later this month.
The company says that the plug in hybrid system will combine more power with more efficiency. Power will increase by up to 25% alongside a 70% cut in CO2 emissions. The cars will be capable of driving up to 31miles on electric power alone, allowing for emissions free city driving with the extra potency kept for the open road, while crucially going hybrid will have no effect on the luxury, design and refinement for which Bentley are renowned.
Bentley's Beijing show car will be suitably styled to reflect it's innovative powertrain. Copper will feature as both an exterior and interior styling element to highlight the car’s electrical veins, including copper details to the headlamps, radiator shell bezel, brake callipers, feature line details and badges.
Copper accents will also be present in the cabin, with inserts to the hand crafted veneer fascias, switch bezels and instruments. Copper cross stitching to the Mulliner Driving Specification diamond quilted interior will provide the finishing touch.
According to Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance, “Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.”
Bentley have also confirmed that the hybrid technology is destined for the forthcoming SUV, a dedicated hybrid model will be offered and likely launched in 2017. The technology also plays a major part in Bentley's future plans, with the brand predicting that by 2020 nine out of ten cars coming off their production line will be hybrid propelled.