British luxury car brand Bentley Motors announced that it is investing £2.5 billion (Php 173 billion) on an ambitious sustainability program as part of the industry’s efforts towards electrification. Part of the goal is rolling out its first battery electric vehicle (BEV) by the middle of this decade.
Bentley is embarking on an ambitious plan towards carbon neutrality
Called the Beyond100 strategy, the automaker’s plan is said to be the most ambitious in the sector. This will include launching a new electric model every year starting in 2025 under the Five-in-Five plan, with the vehicles designed, developed, and manufactured at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters in England.
“Simultaneously accelerating our Beyond100 strategy and securing BEV production at Crewe, alongside a £2.5 billion investment, makes this a major landmark in Bentley’s 102-year history,” said Bentley Motors Chairman & CEO Adrian Hallmark. “It is a shining light for the Bentley family, our suppliers and partners, as well as the automotive industry and U.K. manufacturing as a whole.”
The luxury carmaker's headquarters in England will reduce its environmental impacts by 2030
The Bentley production facilities in England have already been certified as carbon-neutral, with 30,000 solar panels powering the site’s operations. This will be increased to 40,000 in the next two years to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint across all models and non-manufacturing operations. Water consumption, waste to landfill, and other environmental effects are all targeted to be at minimum levels by 2030.
Apart from these, Bentley is also reportedly exploring the use of sustainable biofuel in fleet cars such as those in its Heritage Collection. Suppliers are expected to meet minimum sustainability standards, with the brand’s global network of retailers aiming to reach carbon neutrality on or before 2025.
The Bentayga Hybrid made up 20 percent of all versions sold in 2021
The automaker reports that it sold 14,659 cars in 2021, up 31 percent from the previous 11,206-unit sales record in 2020. Much of these numbers was due to sales of the Bentayga midsize luxury crossover, contributing 40 percent with one in five units purchased being the hybrid model. The hybrid version of the Flying Spur luxury sedan is anticipated for 2022, along with an electrified version of the Continental GT grand tourer.
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When it comes to power, speed, space and luxury, the Bentley Bentayga is the car that you need. It falls under the ultra-luxury SUV. There are four models that Bentley has to offer and all four, including the Bentayga, showcases their impressive machines and performance. Bentayga has everything that a well-equipped SUV can offer. There is always something extra when it comes to Bentley that customers can’t seem to get enough of. The Bentayga is the first genuine luxury SUV and was the first SUV by Bentley. It was launched in 2015 and got its name from the famous Roque Bentayga, a rock formation on the Gran Canaria, Spain. Its design and engineering offer refinement and performance that is unrivaled. Bentley owners were consulted before the Bentayga was created to ensure that the Bentayga got its Bentley trademark when it comes to features and driving experience. The Bentayga is an all-wheel drive, front engine, mid-size, five-door luxury crossover. Its first model came out in 2016 with body manufactured at the Volkswagen Zawickau-Mosel factory. The paint works is done by Paintbox Editions in Banbury and assembled at the Crewe factory. The Bentayga W12 engine was succeeded by the Bentayga diesel, Mulliner, V8 and the Hybrid which brought the Bentley line into electrification. Lastly, the Bentayga Speed which was dubbed as the fastest SUV in the world. The New Bentayga was launched in 2020 which is the second generation of the line.
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