Bentley has announced that its first electric car will be developed and produced here in the UK.
Confirmed today by the firm, Bentley’s first EV is set to enter production in 2025, and will be made at the brand’s headquarters and factory in Crewe, Cheshire, where the brand’s current Continental GT, Flying Spur and Bentayga are also produced.
Bentley has also announced it will invest £2.5bn in sustainability ‘over the next 10 years’, as it plans to sell exclusively electric cars by 2030 and achieve ‘end-to-end carbon neutrality’ by the same date.
Part of Bentley’s ‘Beyond100’ plan, which aims to set the company up for the future, it also revealed plans for its ‘Dream Factory’, which it says will be an ‘ultra-flexible, hyper personalised facility that combines craftsmanship and digital manufacturing concepts’. Through the concept, Bentley also hopes to eliminate waste from its production processes, enabling it to meet its climate targets.
Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said: “Beyond100 is the boldest plan in Bentley’s illustrious history, and in the luxury segment. It’s an ambitious and credible roadmap to carbon neutrality of our total business system, including the shift to 100 per cent electric in just eight years.
“Our aim is to become the benchmark not just for luxury cars or sustainable credentials but the entire scope of our operations. Securing production of our first electric car in Crewe is a milestone moment for Bentley, and the UK, as we plan for a long-term sustainable future in Crewe.”