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Bentley Plans to Introduce Five Bespoke Electric Vehicles by 2030

Bentley has made significant investments in its Crewe plant and R&D to make this plan a reality.

Bentley’s electrification strategy was first announced in November 2020 with the Beyond100 plan, which confirmed that Bentley would become a carbon-neutral electric-only brand by 2030. In order to move forward with those plans, the Crewe-based carmaker has now set a firm date for the launch of five electric models over the next five years, the first of which is expected to be a high-riding saloon.

  • Upcoming Bentley EVs to be based on shared Volkswagen Group architecture
  • First Bentley EV to comfortably have more than 480km of range
  • Bentley to launch five more plug-in hybrid variants of Bentayga and Flying Spur

What can we expect from the upcoming Bentley EVs?

According to Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark, development and design of the first model, which will arrive in late 2025, is well advanced. “We are familiar with the battery and its performance. The final design will take a few weeks to a few months to complete. [The car] will be a supplement to the ones we currently have and will not compete with anything we do. We want to shape a segment as well as an electric vehicle.”

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Bentley Plans to Introduce Five Bespoke Electric Vehicles by 2030
Bentley Plans to Introduce Five Bespoke Electric Vehicles by 2030

The five vehicles will not all be built on the same platform – “some will be higher, some will be lower,” according to Hallmark – but they will all be built on the same Volkswagen Group architecture.

He went on to say that battery technology has advanced quickly, allowing the company to achieve its objectives. “We didn’t have a clear commitment to a battery technology that would be adequate for the car that we’ve now confirmed even a year ago.” We can now construct a car that is as large as the one we have now. When I consider my late twenties, it’s a significant step forward.”

He explained that the first two to three electric models will have a lot in common in terms of battery technology, and that later models will be able to incorporate new developments. After that, these enhancements will be “retro-applied” to the first batch of Bentley EVs. He confirmed that the first model will have a range of well over 300 miles.

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Alain Favey, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, added that charging an electric vehicle must be a truly luxurious experience. “For our customers, the speed and convenience of charging away from home is probably the most important factor. We’ve got time to work on it.”

Bentley’s Crewe plant will produce upcoming electric vehicles.

The first electric vehicle will be built at Bentley’s Crewe plant, with the company committing £2.5 billion (roughly Rs 25,000 crore) to the site and research and development over the next decade, with a particular focus on sustainability.

The upcoming EV’s unpainted bodies will be built in a Volkswagen Group plant in Hanover, Germany, before being shipped to Crewe. Audi’s sibling EV, which has led the development of the luxury EV platform, will be built at the Hanover plant. The EV’s design, development, and assembly, on the other hand, will take place in Crewe.

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Bentley Plans to Introduce Five Bespoke Electric Vehicles by 2030
Bentley Plans to Introduce Five Bespoke Electric Vehicles by 2030

Bentley will build a new greenfield facility next to its Crewe base. The so-called ‘Dream Factory,’ as a whole, aims to become a digital, low-impact, flexible, and high-value manufacturing facility. ​

Bentley aims to reduce water consumption, waste to landfill, and other environmental impacts for every vehicle built in Crewe to a bare minimum until 2030, having already achieved carbon-neutral production in 2019.

More Bentley is developing plug-in hybrids.

Meanwhile, in addition to the existing Bentley Bentayga and Bentley Flying Spur plug-in hybrids, Bentley will introduce five more hybrid variants of those two models this year, all of which will be powered by a V6 engine. A more powerful V8 PHEV is expected down the road, similar to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is already available. Hybrid cars are expected to account for 20% of sales this year, according to the company.

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Bentley has a presence in India.

Bentley continues to offer models such as the Bentayga, Flying Spur, and Continental GT in India, as well as a plug-in hybrid Flying Spur luxury saloon. However, Bentley has no plans to launch any new vehicles in India in the near future.

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