Bentley’s first-ever Battery-Powered Electric Vehicle (BEV) will be developed and built in the UK, with the company committing to investing £2.5 billion in sustainability over the next ten years. It is also a critical step in the company’s Beyond100 strategy – the ground-breaking plan launched in 2020 that will ensure Bentley is exclusively electric and end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030.
“The significant investment program will also result in a complete transformation of Bentley’s entire product portfolio and the historic Crewe Campus by embedding an industry-leading greenfield facility into a world-leading, next-generation digital, low environmental impact, high-value advanced manufacturing facility,” says a press release.
“Our aim is to become the benchmark not just for luxury cars or sustainable credentials but the entire scope of our operations,” said Adrian Hallmark, Bentley’s CEO. “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,” he added.
Peter Bosch, Board Member for Manufacturing at Bentley Motors, added: “Today is arguably the most important day in Bentley’s modern history. The journey really does start now.”
“We are already marking the pinnacle in luxury car production and have already transformed our factory to become carbon neutral, with industry-leading environmental credentials. With our new ‘Dream Factory’ concept, we now go to zero also with water, waste, and other environmental impacts until 2030.”
“Unique craftsmanship, customer interaction, and employee experience will be enhanced by digital tech, higher flexibility, and new ways of personalization. We will develop the best of Crewe into the future benchmark of luxury car manufacturing,’ he concluded.
The new Dream Factory includes a go-to-zero approach to the environmental impacts of manufacturing. Having achieved carbon-neutral production 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.
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.
Five BEV models in five years from 2025
Bentley Motors Today also announced an acceleration of its forward-thinking Beyond100 strategy. Key to the ambitious program will be the Five-in-Five plan, which commits Bentley to launch a new electric model each year, from 2025, redefining Bentley’s credentials as the benchmark manufacturer in sustainable luxury mobility.
Bentley claims that it already leads the way in the high 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. The company expects that more than 20% of sales will come from hybrid cars this year.
“This latest announcement regarding Bentley’s Beyond100 plan confirms the initiation of a major transformative phase in the company’s long and illustrious history,” Hallmark continued.
“The world is changing, and we need to play our part in neutralizing our environmental impact. That means delivering on our aim to be end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030 and reaffirming our role as the leader in sustainable luxury mobility,” he concluded.