Bentley’s first-ever battery electric vehicle (BEV) will be developed and built in the UK. The first Bentley BEV is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2025, and it will mark a significant moment in Bentley’s long and illustrious history. It is also a critical step in the company’s Beyond100 strategy – the plan that will ensure Bentley is exclusively electric and carbon neutral by 2030.
Part of a £2.5 billion investment over the next 10 years, this is Bentley’s first step into electrification at the Crewe plant. The result will be a complete transformation of Bentley’s entire product line, and the historic Crewe Campus where they are built.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said:
“Beyond100 is the boldest plan in Bentley’s illustrious history, and in the luxury segment. It’s an ambitious and credible roadmap to carbon neutrality of our total business system, including the shift to 100 per cent BEV 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.”
Crewe is destined to become a ‘Dream Factory’ - a “digital, zero environmental impact, flexible and high-value manufacturing facility.” Among the latest upgrades 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. Bentley also aims to reduce water consumption, waste to landfill and other environmental impacts for every vehicle built in Crewe to an absolute minimum until 2030. There are even people looking into switching to sustainable biofuel in the fleet cars, including Bentley’s iconic Heritage Collection.
Bentley already leads the way in the luxury hybrid car sector, and the next step on the electrification road is the introduction of the Flying Spur PHEV in 2022, to sit alongside the current Bentayga PHEV. Apparently, the accountants are expecting more than 20 per cent of this year’s sales to come from Bentley’s hybrid cars.
The new Flying Spur Hybrid combines a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor to deliver a total of 536 bhp. That’s 95 bhp more than the Bentayga Hybrid. The motor alone produces 134bhp, and the 18.9kWh battery can be charged to 100% in around 2.5 hours. And it’s a Bentley, so that automatically includes cutting-edge technology and the finest automotive craftsmanship in the world. The refinement and craftsmanship aren’t only skin deep either. In EV mode, the Flying Spur Hybrid offers occupants up to 50 per cent lower cabin noise overall compared to a combustion engine.
It’s a Bentley that’s as quiet on the outside as you’d expect it to be on the inside, and so quiet on the inside that a church mouse would be afraid to sneeze.
Check out our latest Bentley models, to find one that will suit you.
View Our Latest Blog Posts