Bentley Shows EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept Electric Convertible – And Asks For Input

Bentley Motors has revealed the electric convertible EXP 12 Speed 6e concept at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show – and would like to receive feedback on it.

The British luxury automaker has little to say about the electric motor and its power, and the size and range capability of its battery pack. Most of the announcement dwells on the convertible electric luxury car’s exterior and interior styling – and its potential to travel long range.

The company does say that the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept will “define the electric luxury segment.”

Bentley says that it will stay true to the brand’s characteristics like “immediate, effortless surge of torque and grand touring range.” That power will be complemented by the ability to use rapid inductive charging, which would mean wireless fast charging.

Another perk will be “on board concierge-style services for an effortless ownership experience.”

Bentley would like to get input from visitors at the Geneva show and luxury car buyers.

“The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high quality materials and refinement levels you’d expect from a true Bentley,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive. “This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gather feedback on our approach. Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested to receive feedback on this concept.”

The automaker is committing that the EXP 12 Speed 6e will be long range on a single charge, complemented by wireless charging when it shows up along roads. If rapid inductive charging isn’t available, the electric car can be charged through an auxiliary charging point “subtly concealed behind the rear number plate.”

Bentley says its luxury convertible will be able to travel between London and Paris (underwater through the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel), or Milan and Monaco on a single charge with the support of wireless charging towers. Map data shows the distance between London and Paris to be 344 kilometers (214 miles), and Milan and Monaco to be 305 kilometers (189.6 miles).

Designers of the electric convertible’s exterior styling was based on “muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by contemporary architecture, the natural world and the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages.”

The front will see a Bentley mesh grille using a 3D geometry and a smoked finish with copper highlights. That, plus a vibrant white ‘6e’ logo will highlight the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e as an innovative, all-electric vehicle. The company thinks it combines a muscular look with sophisticated exterior styling details like a long bonnet, low grille through a short front overhang that contrasts with a wide rear.

The luxury carmaker thinks it will show high-performance potential of the electric car.

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Inside the car, the automaker has stayed true to the costly luxury car’s image and integration with new dashboard technology. Passengers can use the control panel on the front fascia to connect with social media, email, and entertainment.

“Handmade, cut-glass sections on the steering wheel contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up,” the company said.

The marketing plan will be aimed at “Generation C,” or young millennials living in increasing affluent, developing economies. Bentley thinks that having open discussions will help the company reach that audience and to better understand expectations consumers for “a future electric luxury car ownership experience.”

The announcement ties into the company’s plan to introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicle models across the Bentely model range. That will start with the Bentayga in 2018.


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