accompanying bentley’s new ‘bentayga hybrid’ is this intelligently minimal recharging concept by philippe starck, presented at the geneva motor show 2018made of pressed eco-linen, bio-sourced thermoset resin, and aluminum casting, the high-tech design is a cool, functional piece of tech — inviting to the touch and relevant to this new car’s refreshing, electric story.

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the ‘bentayga hybrid’ will be available to order (in select markets) by the second half of 2018. the SUV combines an advanced electric motor with a new V6 petrol engine. it is to be bentley’s most efficient model to date — its first with CO2 emissions of only 75 g/km. starck’s power dock concept – aesthetic and smart — may subtly call to bentayga hybrid customers. like a round oasis of clean energy, it may encourage them to plug-in more often, ensuring each journey with maximum electric-only range.


philippe starck and bentley design serenity with technology

 

 

‘as always with my designs I wanted the maximum of intelligence with the minimum of materiality. I wanted it to be a modern art piece: durable, real and avant-garde high tech. it was also important for me that the unit was as sustainable as possible,’ explains starck — no stranger to sustainability.

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it is designed to keep charging cables neat and safe at home

 

 

the ‘bentayga hybrid’ is bentley’s self-proposed ‘first step toward full electrification.’ it makes sense that a designer of starck’s philosophy and pedigree would be the one to hold bentley’s hand as it approaches that cold-EV-pool. companies like tesla are doing electric cannonballs, splashing future water, everywhere. some automotive companies are swimming; others dip their toes in and fear away. finally, with starck at their side, bentley has decided to take the first step in. their first step — normally the coldest and most difficult — seems effortless and refined, thanks to this bentley/starck collaboration.

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it is to be bentley’s most efficient model to date

bentley phillippe starck
the dock is designed to be made of pressed eco-linen, bio-sourced thermoset resin, and aluminum casting

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the bentley hybrid will become available for order from the later half of 2018

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