Bentley Motors, the extremely luxurious automaker underneath VW Group, will solely produce plug-in hybrid and all-electric automobiles beginning in 2026 with an purpose to drop all combustion engines within the subsequent decade.
The corporate stated Thursday its total lineup will probably be all-electric by 2030. That plan, generally 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 purpose is to show an organization identified for its 12-cylinder combustion engine-powered grand touring machines into a pacesetter in “sustainable luxurious mobility,” in response to the corporate. Bentley famous that it has already renovated its 80-year-old headquarters, which turned the primary U.Okay. manufacturing unit 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 chain and retailer community, in response to Bentley Motors Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark.
Bentley’s shift is a part of its father or mother firm’s broader technique to grow to be a number one producer and vendor of electrical, related automobiles. Volkswagen has set a goal to promote about a million electrical automobiles per yr by 2025.
The plan at Bentley expands on its earlier commitments to supply a hybrid variant on each mannequin line by 2023, as effectively enhance its operations. All suppliers could have handed a sustainability audit, verifying their sustainability credentials on the finish of the yr, in response to Bentley.
Bentley isn’t simply shifting to electrical automobiles. The corporate additionally goals to make itself “recession proof,” an formidable aim that has began with a restructuring and a workforce discount of about 800 positions, of which about 200 had been stuffed by contractors. Bentley had been on a tear, however like so many different automakers was affected by authorities shutdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bentley stated Thursday that its cost-cutting measures and restructuring has put the enterprise able to “obtain a optimistic monetary efficiency for the total yr 2020, despite the extenuating exterior circumstances.”