Time begins to run out for vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, and the auto industry knows that. This week, Bentley, Britain̵7;s luxury fortress, became the latest OEM to date that to happen – 2030. As the company entered the second century, it unveiled a new plan called ” Beyond 100 “they say” reinvents every aspect of their business to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organization.
Bentley has introduced the EV plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV and next year it plans to add another pair of PHEVs to its list – perhaps the Continental GT coupe and the Flying Spur sedan. By 2025, the company plans to introduce battery-powered electric vehicles; Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark told Autoweek that “you have to choose the right moment where battery density, especially for larger cars, is the one that frees us. We always say that among 2020 is the time when you can expect to see batteries of 120 kilowatt hours or more through the supply chain. “
2025 will also be the last year you can buy an unplugged Bentley, as by 2026 the brand will be phasing out everything other than PHEV and BEV. By 2030, those PHEVs will also disappear, leaving only BEVs with the B badge with wings with pride. At the same time, Bentley is also committed to minimizing the plant’s environmental impact and using neutral plastics.
Developing the new BEV is not too difficult, as Bentley will be able to take advantage of the new PPE electric vehicle platform being developed by Audi and Porsche (like Bentley, both owned by the Volkswagen Group). And while I am predicting, I would say that the announcement of the Beyond 100 plan should pay for the rumors that the VW Group is selling Bentley.