“Adding performance and efficiency with no compromise to luxury, plug-in hybrids are an important part of Bentley’s exciting future,” outgoing Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber said in a statement. “We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the ultra-luxury sector.”
Bentley is yet to reveal full details on its production-spec plug-in hybrid system, but we do know that it will involve the integration of an electric motor-generator with a car’s automatic transmission. Three separate driving modes should be available to drivers: electric-only, gas-only, and combined hybrid. An onboard lithium-ion battery will power the electric motor, and will be chargeable at home using a normal power outlet or on the road with brake energy recovery.
In the Mulsanne concept on show in Beijing, the stock twin-turbo V-8 was still present, but Bentley has previously suggested that its plug-in hybrid system may utilize a V-6 engine for its internal combustion component. Bentley says the system should increase power by as much as 25 percent while reducing CO2 emissions by around 70 percent.
As mentioned, Bentley’s first hybrid model will be its upcoming SUV. The option will be available in 2017.