Bentley Spells Out its Battery Future

Bentley will only be marketing plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars by 2026 with an exclusive BEV range by the end of the decade.

That’s the key pledge in the automaker’s Beyond100 production strategy that seeks to turn the business into an end-to-end carbon neutral entity. It notes the magnitude of the swing from the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder gasoline engines to having no internal combustion engines within a decade as it bids to reinvent itself as a leader in sustainable luxury mobility.

Already Bentley has transformed its 80-year-old headquarters into the UK’s single carbon neutral luxury car factory. The automaker’s first pure electric model to be launched in 2025 likely to closely follow the all-electric EXP 100 GT concept car revealed in its centenary year, which also featured a range of sustainable materials in its construction. These included 5,000-year-old copper-infused Riverwood, traditionally produced wool carpets and a leather-like textile upholstery made from a bi-product of wine-making. Bentley will continue to use only sustainably sourced materials throughout its current and next generation of cars.

Adrian Hallmark, chairman and chief executive officer of Bentley Motors, said: “Since 1919, Bentley has defined luxury grand touring. Being at the forefront of progress is part of our DNA – the original Bentley boys were pioneers and leaders. Now, as we look Beyond100, we will continue to lead by reinventing the company and becoming the world’s benchmark luxury car business.

“Driving this change includes, and also goes beyond our products, delivering a paradigm shift throughout our business, with credibility, authenticity, and integrity. Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100 year old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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