Bentley Motors To Transform Electric Driving

Bentley Motors has announced details of a three year research project named OCTOPUS, which promises to transform electric vehicle powertrains.

OCTOPUS (Optimised Components, Test and SimulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains which integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions), follows on from an initial 18-month investigation that delivered a technological breakthrough in electric drive systems for high-performance vehicles. The system exceeded the latest permanent magnet motor performance whilst removing the need for both rare-earth magnets and copper windings, delivering a cost effective and recyclable option.

OCTOPUS will build on this breakthrough, adding next generation materials, manufacturing processes, simulation and test cycles to deliver a full e-axle powertrain with revolutionary performance characteristics ready for real world application by 2026.

“We have made no secret of our ambition to lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility, Beyond100. We have a clear roadmap to offer a hybrid option for every model by 2023, starting with the Bentayga Hybrid, and our next goal moves towards a fully electric Bentley by 2026.

“However, today, there remains challenges and package constraints on the viability and flexibility of electric vehicle powertrains that are able to fully support EV architectures. With the industry, technologies and cars changing faster than ever before, research projects such as OCTOPUS are crucial to deliver innovative technologies and overcome challenges for the next generation of mobility solutions.”

- Stefan Fischer, Director of Powertrain Engineering at Bentley Motors

The OCTOPUS research project reinforces Bentley’s ambition to lead sustainable luxury mobility and introduce the first fully electric Bentley by 2026.

The project is OLEV funded and is delivered in partnership with Innovative UK, which brings together many partners with specific roles -

  • Bentley Motors: Specification setting, vehicle integration plan and system test.
  • Advanced Electric Machines Ltd: Motor manufacturing and systems assembly.
  • Advanced Electric Machines Research Ltd: Motor and transmission design.
  • The Thinking Pod Innovations Ltd & Nottingham University: Power electronics optimisation and alternative wide band gap system design.
  • The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath: Integrated system analysis and proof of concept validation testing.
  • HiETA Technologies Ltd: AM component design and manufacture for thermal management including stator core housing, power electronics and E-axle oil cooling.
  • FD Sims Ltd: Next generation wire technology development.
  • Talga Technologies Ltd: 2D materials development for next generation winding technologies.
  • Diamond Light Source: UK’s national synchrotron light source providing access to X-ray facilities for measurements.
  • Hartree Centre (Science and Technology Facilities Council): Advanced system testing and co-simulation toolkit development

Contact your local Harwoods Bentley dealership today for more information.

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