Bentley Announces It Will Build Five EV Models By 2030
Another day, another major announcement in the world of electric vehicles. This time it is Bentley, the venerable maker of big, powerful, uber-luxurious motors.
The company announced in January that, as part of its Beyond100 strategy to reach carbon neutrality, it will begin what it calls a ‘Five-in-Five plan’, committing to launching a new electric model each year from 2025. The company had already announced in 2020 that it was set on becoming carbon neutral and an all-electric vehicle manufacturer by 2030.
Bentley, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group, said it would invest £2.5 billion ($AU4.8 billion) into realising the plan. That investment will, in part, be used to create what it calls a ‘Dream factory’ at its Crewe, UK headquarters – a digital, zero environmental impact manufacturing facility, that will see an increase of on-site energy production, including raising the number of energy-generating solar panels to 40,000 over the next two years.
The company has already made some moves into electrification – it currently has the Bentayga SUV PHEV (plug-in hybrid) in its model range, with a Flying Spur PHEV to be available later this year. It has also been researching the use of biofuels and e-fuels in parallel to its electrification program.
“This latest announcement regarding Bentley’s Beyond100 plan confirms the initiation of a major transformative phase in the company’s long and illustrious history,” said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.
“The world is changing, and we need to play our part in neutralising our environmental impact. That means delivering on our aim to be end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030 and reaffirming our role as the leader in sustainable luxury mobility.”
14 February 2022