Bristol Cars plans e-car comeback by 2026

Bristol Cars plans e-car comeback by 2026

British car brand Bristol Cars plans to launch an electric four-seater in 2025 with a new investor. By its 80th anniversary in 2026, investor Jason Wharton wants Bristol Cars to be a "leading UK electric vehicle company".

Bristol Cars had been dissolved last year, when Wharton acquired the rights to Bristol Cars' intellectual property in an auction and is planning its electric comeback directly: in 2025, the electric era will begin with an all-electric four-seater called the Bristol Buccaneer EV. Although the headquarters will be in London, production is planned in Bristol.

Before that, however, internal combustion models are to bring some money into the coffers: according to the now mentioned plans, Bristol Cars wants to bring revised versions of earlier models onto the market from 2022 - specifically the 411 Series 8, the Fighter and the Speedster. The three models are to use a conceivably unecological drive: a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 from Chrysler. However, the vehicles - the last Bristols with an internal combustion engine - will probably not be built in large numbers: prices are to start at 495,000 pounds (around 575,000 euros) before tax.

"Bristol is a quintessentially British brand, renowned for creating luxurious and distinctive vehicles," Wharton said, according to the release. "We want to revive and reinvigorate this iconic brand, preserving its heritage and completely revamping it for the 21st century."