Media reported that welcome to the new decade, I believe that in this new decade, the automotive industry will continue to increase investment in electrification and automation. Bentley, the luxury carmaker, is one of them. Adrian Hallmark, the company’s CEO, recently told the media that 2025 will be the earliest time the brand will launch an electric car. The company’s next wave of investment will also be all for electrification, but unfortunately Hallmark won’t say what platform its future electric car will use, which its EV will use.
In its current form, volkswagen’s PPE framework may be the best choice. It is reported that the PPE architecture is specifically for the future of high-end EV. Hallmark simply mentions that PPE is a Volkswagen Group project, with different brands responsible for different development parts.
As for the technology of the future, Bentley seems to be very focused on solid-state batteries. It is understood that the energy density of the battery is much higher than that of existing lithium-ion batteries and much less volatile in use. Indeed, solid-state battery technology remains the “holy grail” of carmakers and car companies, and the complexity of manufacturing is still unachievable. But many companies say the next decade will be a breakthrough, and Bentley is taking the train.
Hallmark says the batteries are already on the company’s radar in the mid-2020s.