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A few years ago, coming to the conclusion that the kind of people who can afford a Bentley aren’t interested in hybrid technology would’ve been seen as a fairly logical one. Then Hollywood stars and other sections of the uber-elite started buying the Toyota Prius. Now, in 2014, Bentley has unveiled a plug-in hybrid concept.
The Hybrid Concept, set to be unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, is meant to be a technology showcase that previews Bentleyâ€™s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017.
â€œThere is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentleyâ€™s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance,” says Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. “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.â€
That powertrain will apparently a power increase of up to 25% together with a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions. Bentley claims that the electric engine will have a range of around 50km as well as enhancing performance on the open road.