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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Bentley To Launch Five Electric Models In Five Years

Bentley Motors is accelerating its Beyond100 strategy. Key to its ambitious electrification program is the Five-in-Five plan which commits the luxury carmaker to launching a new electric model each year, from 2025.

The luxury marque already leads the way in the luxury hybrid car sector and will further cement that position with the release of the Flying Spur PHEV in 2022, as well as five additional derivatives, added to the current Bentayga PHEV to meet the diverse needs of Bentley’s discerning customers. It is anticipated that more than 20 percent of sales this year will come from Bentley’s hybrid cars.

Having committed a £2.5 billion (P 172 billion) investment at its historic factory in Crewe, England, the first Bentley electric vehicle will be designed, developed, and produced there. The investment will also allow a fundamental reinvention of its manufacturing infrastructure, and help secure the brand’s future at Crewe for the next generation of products. 

Crewe will become a ‘Dream Factory’ - a digital, zero environmental impact, flexible and high-value manufacturing facility.

The company has already made enormous strides in reinventing the historic Crewe site, creating an industry-leading certified carbon neutral facility, and the new investment and acceleration of the Beyond100 strategy will now be the basis to reduce Bentley’s carbon footprint across all products and non-factory operations, in line with Bentley’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Among the latest initiatives will be an extension of on-site energy production at Crewe, aiming to increase the number of solar panels from 30,000 to 40,000 in the next two years. Moreover, Bentley is investigating using sustainable biofuel in fleet cars, including Bentley’s iconic Heritage Collection. Bentley’s partners are also being encouraged to support Bentley’s goal of being end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030, with suppliers expected to meet minimum sustainability standards. This will extend to Bentley’s global retailer network, each aiming for carbon neutrality by 2025, possibly even sooner.

The new Dream Factory includes a go-to-zero approach on the environmental impacts of manufacturing. Having achieved carbon neutral production already in 2019, Bentley aims to reduce water consumption, waste to landfill and other environmental impacts for every vehicle built in Crewe to an absolute minimum until 2030.

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