Tuesday 27th March 2018.


  • Bentleys led designer Stefan Sielaff recently told Auto express that “A full electric Bentley is something I am extremely convinced we have to do. It will happen not so far in the future”. For executives used to not saying anything because it’s all so competitive, we can take that as a ‘yes’ for something coming. This ties into what had previously been reported about possibly using the Mission E platform.
  • Electric luxury cars make so much sense from the perspective of the driver in that they’re quiet and very fast.
  • From an engineering perspective those large cars provide ample room for a 100 or 120kW battery for long ranges, plus a motor front and rear gives incredibly speed plus safety.
  • And for a designer, an EV takes away all that engine and transmission from a luxury car which can be used for extra space. They can start with a blank sheet of paper to reimagine something fresh. Those luxury cars need to waft across long distances with 4 or 5 adults and all their luggage, and an electric drivetrain suits that perfectly.
  • This is all part of a plan to bring a new type of customer to Bentley. Auto Express say: “The next-generation Continental GT will get a PHEV drivetrain, and the Crewe manufacturer plans to have its entire range electrified by 2025. Speculation at one time was that the EV could be called “Barnato,” an homage to Joel Woolf “Babe” Barnato, one of the original Bentley Boys of the 1920s.”




  • A new report from ALD Automotive shows nearly all company car journeys could be taken in an EV. ALDs telematics showed that 77% of fleet journeys were LESS than 1oo miles a day. They surveyed random company cars covering a total of 95,000 miles and 2,396 hours of total journey time. 52% of daily journeys were even below 50 miles a day. Only 12% of daily journeys were over 150 miles a day.
  • Matt Dale, consultancy services manager for ALD Automotive said: “”Increasingly, we’re seeing the opportunity for fleets to employ a more holistic mobility strategy that looks beyond the traditional view of a single company car. For many journeys, public transport, car share, pool or hire cars are the more sensible option from both a cost and convenience perspective. On the few occasions where electric vehicles aren’t practical, drivers can supplement their travel with these more appropriate forms of transport. Fleets may well find that, due to the lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) implications of running Plug-in Hybrid (PHEVs) and BEVs, they can afford to facilitate other smart, mobility solutions and still save money.”



  • A report on Electrive today shows that EV sales in Norway now to 5.1%, last year pure BEV’s were up over 40%, and there are 142,000 all electric cars and vans currently driving around Norway on lovely clean energy from all their renewables.
  • Tesla have had a slow Jan and Feb in Norway but so far have delivered over 1,000 cars in Norway with another week of the month left. In the capital Oslo, for every 1000 cars you see, 37 are electric.




  • The New York International Motor Show is soon and a press release landed from Jaguar Land Rover. They’ll be at the show with the F-PACE, I-PACE and E-PACE compact performance SUV.
  • Of their I-PACE they say: “The Jaguar I-PACE is the electric vehicle drivers have been waiting for. Clean, smart and safe, I-PACE delivers sustainable sports car performance, next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology and five-seat SUV practicality to place Jaguar at the forefront of the EV revolution. With a state-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery using 432 pouch cells, I-PACE delivers a range of up to 480km (WLTP cycle). Owners will be able to achieve a 0-80 per cent battery charge in 40 minutes using DC charging (150kW). From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving customers even more choice. A portfolio of electrified products will be introduced across the entire model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.




  • Finally according to Clean Technica: “Workhorse* will introduce it N-Gen all electric van at the San Francisco City Hall on March 28. The battery electric N-Gen is an all-wheel drive delivery vehicle that features a low floor height and a tall roof for ease of access. N-Gen vans will be available in the San Francisco Bay area starting next month. The N-Gen van has a range of 100 miles. Workhorse has also developed large PHEV delivery vans for UPS and WB Mason that lower tailpipe emissions while offering lower fuel and maintenance costs.”
  • Follow the link in the show notes to read more from Clean Technica.



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