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Bentley Motors plans to completely supply plug-in hybrid and electrical autos by 2026 and absolutely electrical fashions by 2030, the British luxurious 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 car is predicted in 2025, the corporate stated. Bentley’s solely plug-in hybrid is presently the Bentayga SUV.
“The future of Bentley will be fully electric,” Bentley chief engineer Matthias Rabe stated throughout an occasion outlining the longer term route of the 100-year-old firm.
The choice is a significant transfer for the automaker, which is finest recognized for its uber-luxurious autos with eight- and 12-cylinder engines. It follows a number of different automakers saying they plan to maneuver away from autos with conventional inside combustion engines in trade for electrical 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 utterly carbon impartial by 2030.
Bentley Bentayga SUV
Hallmark in the course of the occasion stated Bentley is “in a position” the place it might be breakeven following important disruptions within the firm’s operations as a result of 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-line with its 11,006 autos offered in 2019.
In the summer season, Bentley introduced it might lower as much as 1,000 jobs, or almost 1 / 4 of its workforce by means of a “voluntary release” program as its enterprise plans have been “clearly derailed by the impact of the pandemic.”