Bentley’s first electric car delayed by a year to 2026 – report


Initially slated to hit global showrooms in 2025, the first electric Bentley has been pushed back by a year.

Jordan Mulach


Luxury car maker Bentley has announced it has pushed back the arrival of its first fully-electric car.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said the electric car will now be launched in showrooms from 2026, not 2025 as was originally planned.

While the as-yet unnamed model is due to be revealed in 2025, Bentley won’t begin production until 2026, a delay which Hallmark says is only a “matter of months”.

No reasoning has been given as to why the electric vehicle has been delayed, however Automotive News Europe reports the Volkswagen Group – which owns Bentley – is facing setbacks with the rollout of the Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) which will underpin the model.


The SSP architecture – set to proliferate across the VW Group towards the end of the decade – will form the basis of the Artemis project, set to spawn a trio of flagship luxury cars (also known as the ‘Landjets’) from Audi, Bentley and Porsche.

However, just like Bentley’s version of the car, the launch of the SSP-based Audi flagship has been pushed back to the end of 2026, according to Automotive News Europe.

Bentley has previously announced it plans to only sell hybrid or electric vehicles from 2026, before going electric-only by 2030.

Bentley currently produces two electrified vehicles: plug-in hybrid variants of its Flying Spur sedan and Bentayga SUV, which are now available to order in Australia.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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