Extremely-luxury automobiles with six-figure worth tags haven’t traditionally been probably the most environmentally centered autos, however that’s altering. Rolls-Royce will launch its first EV in 2023 and convert its total lineup to electrical by 2030. Bentley is on tempo to do the identical, and right now the automaker introduced what it says is its most sustainable Bentayga mannequin.
Bentley will construct solely 70 examples of the Bentayga Odyssean Version and says that it centered on together with sustainable, environmentally pleasant supplies akin to tweed and responsibly sourced woods. Inside shade teams with names like “Beluga,” “Porpoise,” and “Cricketball” give patrons all kinds of three-color themes to select from, and Bentley says the inside embroidery “sees thread colours mix calmly into each other throughout the width of every seat.”
The Odyssean Version’s PHEV powertrain features a 3.0-liter fuel engine and a 100 kW electrical motor. The 2 mix for 456 horsepower and may propel the stately SUV from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds. Bentley says acceleration is easy due to the electrical motor and notes a prime pace of 158 mph.
An 18-kWh battery gives an all-electric vary of 28 miles (WLTP), and drivers can select between three modes to make use of or preserve battery energy. EV Drive, Hybrid Mode, and Maintain Mode will be engaged manually or chosen routinely by the automobile, however EV Mode is the default on begin.
The SUV can routinely adapt energy output settings primarily based on street situations, driving instructions, and driver conduct. It additionally pokes the motive force to allow them to know when to save lots of battery.
In EV Mode, for instance, Bentley makes use of the SUV’s navigation system with visible and haptic suggestions to alert the motive force when there are alternatives to preserve or regain battery energy. The fuel pedal vibrates when approaching an intersection or decrease pace restrict zone, letting the motive force know to elevate off and let regenerative braking take over. The system additionally vibrates on the transition between electrical and fuel powertrain parts.