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Bentley to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the luxury market

By Deeq on 11 Apr 2014

Attached Image Bentley is envisioning a powerful and even more efficient future with the Bentley Hybrid Concept – a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017. The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday 20th April.
 

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As the first luxury brand to present a plug-in hybrid, Bentley leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector. Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments:

 
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“There is no doubt that 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.”
 

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The Bentley Plug-in Hybrid System
Through Bentley’s hybrid system, customers will have a wider choice of modern, powerful and efficient powertrains. The plug-in hybrid system will offer a power increase of up to 25% together with a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions, both without any compromise to the exquisite luxury, timeless design and industry-leading refinement for which Bentley has become renowned. Bentley hybrids will also be capable of driving at least 50 km on electric power alone, allowing for emissions-free city driving with the option of enhanced performance on the open road.
 

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The Bentley Hybrid Concept
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is based on the flagship model in the Bentley family, the Mulsanne, to show that hybrid technology enhances even the pinnacle of luxury and performance. Copper is used as an exterior and interior styling element to highlight the car’s electrical veins, including copper details to the headlamps, radiator shell bezel, brake calipers, feature line details and badges. Copper accents continue in the cabin, with inserts to the hand-crafted veneers fascias, switch bezels and instruments. Copper cross‑stitching to the Mulliner Driving Specification diamond-quilted interior provides the finishing flourish.
 

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Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



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Tanyachua88 Apr 11 2014 10:02 AM
I think the high end brands will be using hybrid power trains not only to save fuel but more so for performance. The new McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 both illustrate this usage. The smaller turbo charged ICE will have turbo lag. During this lag time the electric motor(s) will engage to "fill in" the torque gap. The result would be a more power off the get-go. Of course the electric motors will also be used in conjunction with the ICE when more performance is needed at higher speeds too.
 
The cool thing is that this type of torque fill is coming to mainstream cars too. Ford is experimenting with this right now. Actually they are using supercapacitors instead of a big battery bank but the intent is to have a large 48V battery that provides all the electric needs of the car plus the power need for the electric motor to do its torque filling.
 
Cool stuff!
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