New Bentley EV Gets a Bump to 2026, Despite Already Being Late to the Party

Bentley, already late to launch an EV, has delayed its first arrival. Will it be worth the wait?
Written by Katie Dyer
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Luxury automaker
has announced that its first EV will be late to hit the market. Bentley is already late to the party, as most automakers have begun launching their EVs over the last few years. The automaker originally planned a 2025 release of its first electric vehicle, but now we will have to wait until 2026. What gives?
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Bentley's EV plan

In 2020, the automaker announced that they intended to have a fully electric lineup by 2030. However, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark recently announced that the
first Bentley EV
, originally planned to launch in 2025, will now be pushed back to 2026. 
It doesn’t bode well for a complete EV lineup four years later, does it? Hallmark did not give a reason for this delay, which has led to speculation in the automotive world. 
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What could be causing the delay?

Motor Authority
reported, the Bentley EV is slated to share the VW Group’s new SSP platform with the Audi Artemis and Porsche. Porsche has since gone in a different direction with the PPE platform, shared with the Audi Q6 E-Tron. The SSP reportedly has been facing software development glitches and technical problems, which could be one reason for this delay.
DAX Street
speculates that it could also be a result of ubiquitous supply chain issues plaguing the automaker. Electrical components are hard to source at the moment, and this could hamper an on-time launch of Bentley’s EV. 
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Will it be worth the wait?

While it may be late, you can bet it will be fashionably so. In fact, prepare to be amazed. 
Bentleys have come to represent a posh lifestyle dripping with luxury, class, and status: a “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” vibe. 
Clearly, their new EV will keep up this reputation. Hallmark told Dax Street that the 1,044 kW battery would produce an astonishing 1,400 horsepower, and will be able to do 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds! If this turns out to be the case, this EV will blow all the competition out of the water. 
Hallmark also reported that the EV battery used in these cars is cheaper than their current 12-cylinder engine, but that doesn’t seem to help much with the price of this EV. The estimated cost will be in the ballpark of a quarter of a million dollars. Talk about jaw-dropping!
We predict it won’t be long after the EV is launched that celebrities will be arriving at the Oscars and Grammys in one of these drool-worthy rides. “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, indeed. 
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