Bentley Motors, the extremely luxurious automaker underneath VW Group, will solely produce plug-in hybrid and all-electric automobiles beginning in 2026 with an goal to drop all combustion engines within the subsequent decade.
The corporate mentioned Thursday its total lineup might be all-electric by 2030. That plan, often known as Past 100, is already underway with the British producer confirming that two plug-in hybrid fashions will come out subsequent yr. The corporate’s first all-electric car will come to market in 2025.
The goal is flip an organization identified for its 12-cylinder combustion engine-powered grand touring machines into a pacesetter in “sustainable luxurious mobility,” in keeping with the corporate. Bentley famous that it has already renovated its 80-year-old headquarters, which turned the primary UK manufacturing facility licensed carbon impartial by the Carbon Belief.
The Past 100 plan will contact each side of the corporate from the event of its electrified fashions and operations to its Tier 1 provide change and retailer community, in keeping with Bentley Motors Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark.
Bentley’s shift is a part of its father or mother firm’s broader technique to develop into a number one producer and vendor of electrical, linked automobiles. Volkswagen has set a goal to promote about a million electrical automobiles per yr by 2025.
The plan over at Bentley expands on its earlier commitments to supply a hybrid variant on each mannequin line by 2023 as nicely enhance its operations. All suppliers could have handed a sustainability audit, verifying their sustainability credentials on the finish of the yr, in keeping with Bentley.
Bentley isn’t simply shifting to electrical automobiles. The corporate additionally goals to make itself “recession proof,” an formidable purpose that has began with a restructuring and a workforce discount of about 800 positions, of which about 200 have been stuffed by contractors. Bentley had been on a tear final yr, however like so many different automakers was affected by authorities shutdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bentley mentioned Thursday that its price slicing measures and restructuring has put the enterprise able to “obtain a constructive monetary efficiency for the total yr 2020, regardless of the extenuating exterior circumstances.”