Bentley secures production of first BEV, commits to £2.5-B sustainability investment

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Bentley announced yesterday, January 26, that it has secured the production of its first battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV). According to the British luxury carmaker, the BEV will be developed and built in the UK with the company committing to investing £2.5 billion in sustainability over the next 10 years.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Where will Bentley build its upcoming BEV?

    Bentley says that the upcoming BEV will be built in the UK.
  • When is the battery electric vehicle planned for release?

    According to Bentley, the new BEV is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2025.
  • The first BEV to wear the Bentley emblem is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2025. Its forthcoming launch marks a critical step in the company’s Beyond100 strategy, a plan that will see Bentley become exclusively electric and end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030.

    “Beyond100 is the boldest plan in Bentley’s illustrious history, and in the luxury segment. It’s an ambitious and credible roadmap to carbon neutrality of our total business system, including the shift to 100 percent BEV in just eight years. Our aim is to become the benchmark not just for luxury cars or sustainable credentials but the entire scope of our operations. 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,” said Bentley Motors Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark.

    Bentley’s significant investment will not only boost UK’s economy but 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.

    “Today is arguably the most important day in Bentley’s modern history and is a testament to the hard work and skill of our colleagues in Crewe. 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,” commented Bentley Motors Board Member for Manufacturing Peter Bosch.

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