Bentley banks on tomorrow's battery tech with EXP 100 GT concept

Jul 11, 2019   Vehicle Launch

Bentley Motors celebrated its 100th birthday on July 10 by unveiling its vision of the future of luxury mobility at the home of Bentley in Crewe.

Bentley has unveiled a concept showcasing its vision of luxury electric motoring for a time when battery technology has improved far beyond its current level.

The EXP 100 GT is a 228-inch long grand tourer that Bentley has said will have a driving range of 435 miles on a single charge because of its battery technology that is five times the energy density of current technology.

The two-door coupe was unveiled at Bentley's headquarters in Crewe, England, on the day of the brand's 100th anniversary of its founding.

"This is the kind of car we want to make in the future," Bentley's design chief, Stefan Sielaff, said in a statement.

Unlike some other luxury carmakers, Bentley is hedging its bets on future battery technology and has said that it will not launch an EV until around 2025, when battery technology improves.

Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark has said there was "nothing industrialised" in the battery technology supply chain capable of overcoming the problem until around 2025.

The concept takes inspiration from Bentley cars of previous eras to represent the "future of luxury mobility," Hallmark said. The car would be capable of being driven or driving itself autonomously and integrates "emotionally-intelligent" technology to enhance long journeys.

The EXP 100 GT would weigh a comparatively lightweight 4,189 pounds, another function of the energy-dense batteries.

The lighter weight helps give claimed performance figures closer to a supercar, with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

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