Time is beginning to run out for automobiles powered purely by worldwide combustion engines, and the auto trade is aware of it. This week Bentley, that bastion of British luxurious, turned the newest OEM to set a date for that occuring—the 12 months 2030. As the corporate strikes into its second century, it is revealed a brand new plan referred to as Past 100 that it says will “reinvent each side of its enterprise to change into an end-to-end carbon impartial group.
Bentley already launched a plug-in hybrid EV model of the Bentayga SUV, and subsequent 12 months it plans so as to add one other pair of PHEVs to its roster—presumably the Continental GT coupe and Flying Spur sedan. In 2025, the corporate plans to introduce a battery electrical automobile; Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark told Autoweek that “you have to choose a time limit the place battery energy density, particularly for greater automobiles, is the liberator for us. We have at all times mentioned that the mid-2020s is the time when you possibly can anticipate to see 120-plus kilowatt-hour batteries coming by the provision chain.”
2025 may also be the final 12 months you’ll purchase a Bentley that does not plug in, as a result of in 2026 the model is dropping all the things apart from PHEVs and BEVs. In 2030, these PHEVs can be gone, too, leaving simply BEVs to put on the winged B badge with delight. Alongside the best way, Bentley can be pledging to cut back its manufacturing facility’s environmental impression and to go plastic impartial.
Creating that new BEV should not be too exhausting, as Bentley will have the ability to make the most of the new PPE electric car platform being developed by Audi and Porsche (which, like Bentley, are each owned by Volkswagen Group). And whereas I am prognosticating, I might say that the announcement of the Past 100 plan ought to put paid to rumors that VW Group is putting Bentley up for sale.