At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Bentley Motors strikes the electric luxury auto segment with the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept. An all-electric Bentley will integrate the quality, refinement and high performance like an effortless surge of torque and grand touring range, rapid inductive charging and state-of-the-art on board concierge-style services for an effortless ownership experience. An electric Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e will supposedly be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the on board experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.
The exterior design of Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e exemplifies future design direction and hints at the high-performance potential of the car. The twin bonnet scoops act as highly effective heat sinks that supply additional cooling to the battery and powertrain. The wing mirrors – which are cameras rather than traditional reflective glass – are exceptionally sleek and were inspired by the sculptural form of stealth aircraft fuselages.
The signature Bentley mesh grille features a complex 3D geometry and smoked finish with copper highlights that identify the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e as a fully electric vehicle. When the car is running the ‘6e’ logo illuminates in a striking, vibrant white.
The entire central console in the luxuriously appointed cabin is hewn from a solid piece of elegantly curved glass encompassing a high-definition OLED screen. All of the car’s principle onboard controls are accessible from here, including navigation, entertainment and climate control. Handmade, cut-glass sections on the steering wheel contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up. There are also two buttons featured at the top of the cut-away steering wheel, one offering an instant performance boost and the other the ability to limit speed, in urban areas for example. The passenger has their own control panel on the front fascia with access to social media, email and entertainment. Exquisite copper elements around the gear selector, Bentley Dynamic Drive dial and in the door veneer panels are integrated into the cabin to accentuate the electric performance potential of the concept’s advanced new powertrain.
When rapid inductive charging is not available, EXP 12 Speed 6e can be connected to a mains AC power supply via the auxiliary charging point, subtly concealed behind the rear number plate.