A time undecided on its electrification strategy, Bentley is now negotiating its ecological turn and will only offer electric cars from 2030.
Regularly asked about its ambitions for electric cars, Bentley has often been undecided. “It’s coming soon” … “not until 2025”, Crewe’s firm seemed to be sailing on sight, without being clear in its words. But it is now finding its way and announces an exclusively electric range from 2030.
This is what the manufacturer announced at its Beyond 100 event, which showcases the future of the century-old brand. Thus, the world’s leading manufacturer of V12 petrol engines will quickly change its mind by first adopting partial electrification, before becoming “a leader in sustainable luxury mobility”.
Clean eco-friendly cars and a carbon neutral factory
From next year, Bentley will offer plug-in hybrid powertrains for its new models, with the Flying Spur PHEV and the recently restyled version of the Bentayga. Ultimately, this engine option will push heat engines into retirement and will no longer be the only choice available in the brand’s catalog.
Bentley will begin its transition in 2025 with the arrival of the first electric vehicle. While the shape of this car has yet to be clarified, it will occupy the lineup with other plug-in-hybrid-only models until 2030, when Crewe will turn a page on its history.
But Bentley’s energy transition won’t take place exclusively under the hoods of its limousines and big GTs: while the plant is already the first UK site to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust, Bentley has promised its production unit will reduce still its energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions. In addition, the plant will become plastic neutral and produce less wastewater in the future. Finally, the brand’s electric vehicles will rely on plant-based and sustainable materials instead of rare materials or animal skins.