Bentley sets out

electric plans

Bentley badge, 2020, Beyond100
Bentley Beyond100, 2020

ALL new Bentleys will be electrified by 2026 under the company's plans to be carbon neutral within the next 10 years.

The plans include the launch of two new plug-in hybrid models next year.

The Crewe-based company - part of the Volkswagen Group - set out its vision as part of its Beyond100 strategy.

It says it will reinvent every aspect of its business to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organisation as it embarks on its second century. The target is driven by a transformation programme across Bentley's entire operations and products.

This includes switching its model range to offer exclusively plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles by 2026, and full electric vehicles only by 2030.

The announcement highlights Bentley's plans to provide extraordinary mobility for the next century, evolving from the world's largest producer of 12-cylinder petrol engines to having no internal combustion engines within a decade, reinventing itself as a leader in sustainable luxury mobility.

The Beyond100 strategic plan is an extension of two decades of forward thinking, innovation and achievement.

Bentley has transformed its 80-year-old headquarters into the UK's single carbon neutral luxury car factory.

In parallel, the luxury marque has grown to operate in more markets than ever before, 68, while creating a long-term, consistent, sustainable business model, a truly solid basis to build for a second century.

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."

As well as accelerating the move towards electrification, Beyond100 opens a new era for Bentley's bespoke division, Mulliner, which now has a three-portfolio structure comprising Mulliner Classic, Mulliner Collections and Mulliner Coachbuilt.

For 100 years, the company says it has has defined grand touring and to maintain the brand's reputation for delivering extraordinary customer journeys, means appealing to existing and new luxury customers who seek socially acceptable brands, driven to be pioneers and role models of sustainability, with Beyond100 placing Bentley Motors firmly at the vanguard.

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