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Bentley Motors plans to solely supply plug-in hybrid and electric autos by 2026 and fully electric fashions by 2030, the British luxury carmaker stated Thursday.
Bentley, which is owned by German automaker Volkswagen, will supply two unnamed plug-in hybrid fashions beginning subsequent yr. The first full-electric automobile is anticipated in 2025, the corporate stated. Bentley’s solely plug-in hybrid is at present the Bentayga SUV.
“The future of Bentley will be fully electric,” Bentley’s chief engineer, Matthias Rabe, stated throughout an occasion outlining the long run course of the 100-year-old firm.
The choice is a serious transfer for the automaker, which is greatest identified for its uber-luxurious autos with eight- and 12-cylinder engines. It follows a number of different automakers saying they plan to transfer away from autos with conventional inner combustion engines in alternate for electric powertrains.
“Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100-year-old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark stated in an announcement. He stated the corporate goals to be fully carbon impartial by 2030.
Bentley Bentayga SUV
Hallmark through the occasion stated Bentley is “in a position” the place it could possibly be breakeven following important disruptions within the firm’s operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’s not guaranteed but that’s clearly our mission,” Hallmark stated, including the corporate ought to obtain 10,000 gross sales this yr – barely decrease if not in step with its 11,006 autos bought in 2019.
In the summer season, Bentley introduced it might lower up to 1,000 jobs, or almost 1 / 4 of its workforce by way of a “voluntary release” program as its enterprise plans have been “clearly derailed by the impact of the pandemic.”