All new cars produced by Bentley from 2030 onwards will be fully electric, the company has announced.

The luxury automaker says it plans to be a “global leader in sustainable luxury mobility,” and will begin the transition from petrol to electricity with two new plug-in hybrid cars launching in 2021. These will join the plug-in Bentayga SUV currently offered by Bentley.

Called the Beyond100 strategic plan, and designed to guide Bentley through its second century, the roadmap to electrification will see the British firm make a dramatic shift from being the world’s largest producer of V12 engines, to its vehicles exclusively using electric motors.

It is hoped the move will see Bentley become end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030, with its production operations being “climate positive” after that.

Bentley says its first fully electric car will arrive by 2025, and a year later the company’s entire new-vehicle lineup will either be hybrid or electric. This means current petrol-only models like the V8 and V12 variants of the Flying Spur will be replaced by plug-in hybrid alternatives.

The company added today, November 5, how it will “deliver a full suite of exclusively electric vehicles, permanently moving away from the production of petrol and hybrid cars.” The hybrid vehicles will act as a “stepping stone” towards full electrification, Bentley, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group, added.

The switch to electricity makes perfect sense for a luxury car maker like Bentley. While its V8 and especially V12 engines have a character all of their own, they are primarily designed to be quiet, smooth and powerful – all characteristics that a battery pack and electric motors can deliver, and in even greater quantities.

A smooth, silent Bentley with mountains of torque is exactly the sort of car electric drivetrains lend themselves to, while the weight of the batteries is less of a concern when today’s Bentleys put luxury and refinement ahead of weight-saving.

Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO 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.”



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