Bentley Motors, the British luxury car manufacturer is moving towards an all-electric future. As it claims, the Volkswagen-owned 101-year old car brand is aiming to achieve the all-electric target by the end of next decade under its Beyond100 strategy.
This comes in line with the Volkswagen AG’s own zero-emission target set to be achieved in the next decade that was announced by the German auto giant a couple of years ago, immediately after the Dieselgate scandal came under scanner all around the world spilling the beans about the auto group’s attempt to hide the real-world emission data of the diesel engines using an intelligent emission cheating software.
As Bentley says, it intends to phase out the internal combustion engines (ICE) completely by 2030. The automaker is working on its first electric car that will launch in 2025. Since the details of the Bentley electric car is scarce at the moment, expect it to be similar to the Jaguar I-Pace. This EV will be underpinned by an entirely new architecture.
Under its Beyond100 strategy, Bentley is working on multiple other electric cars as well. However, the number is not known yet. The carmaker also plans to have only plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars available by 2026.
This could come as a surprise from the century-old luxury car brand that has been known for its massive 12-cylinder engines roaring to churn out a whopping amount of power. However, the carmaker has no option as the UK government is deliberating an outright ban on the internal combustion engines by 2030.
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.”
So far, the automaker is positive about the massive change it is working to adopt in the next decade. “Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100-year-old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury,” Hallmark further added.
The British car brand is currently working on two new plug-in hybrid cars that will hit the market in 2021. This will be in addition to the existing Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV, the luxury car brand’s first step into the world of electrified vehicles. Also, this affirms the carmaker’s strategy to have its entire lineup available with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variants by 2023.