BENTLEY TO BUILD ITS FIRST BEV BY 2025
Luxury car maker Bentley has announced that it will develop and build its first all-electric vehicle which is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2025. The vehicle, details of which are yet to be released, is the first step in Bentley’s ‘Beyond100’ strategy which will see the company produce exclusively electric cars by 2030.
Bentley is also transforming its Crewe Campus to become a world-leading, next generation digital, low environmental impact, high-value advanced manufacturing facility.
Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors Adrian Hallmark has set an ambitious target for the company, first established in North London in 1919 and now a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group.
“Beyond100 is the boldest plan in Bentley’s illustrious history, and in the luxury segment,” said Adrian Hallmark. “It’s an ambitious and credible roadmap to carbon neutrality of our total business system, including the shift to 100 per cent BEVs in just eight years.
“Our aim is to become the benchmark not just for luxury cars or sustainable credentials but the entire scope of our operations. Securing production of our first BEV in Crewe is a milestone moment for Bentley, and the UK, as we plan for a long-term sustainable future in Crewe.”
Board Member Peter Bosch explained that the transformation goes beyond just producing a luxury BEV.
“With our new ‘Dream Factory’ concept, we now go to zero also with water, waste and other environmental impacts by 2030,” said Bosch. “Unique craftsmanship, customer interaction and employee experience will be enhanced by digital tech, higher flexibility and new ways of personalisation.”
Bentley delivered over 14,500 vehicles in 2021 – an increase of 31% compared to 2020 with its best-selling model – the Bentayga SUV – was the company’s best-selling model.