BENTLEY isn’t the automaker you think of first when it comes to Earth Day and being green.
But as we get closer to requiring every new car to be electric, even Bentley will have to start pulling it together.
It’s difficult for any automaker to appear green, but especially for one like Bentley, known for its huge, big-engine luxury cars and racing heritage.
To ensure it stays ahead of the curve, the Crewe carmaker built its Dream Factory in 2020 and is now investing a further £2.5bn to make it even greener.
Future models will be built here as part of the Beyond100 electrification strategy, which will bring five new all-electric models.
The first of these will be an electric SUV in 2025, with a new model every year until 2030, which happens to be the year all new cars will have to be EVs.
Bentley estimates that carbon emissions have fallen by a massive 70% since the Dream Factory opened. This is thanks to the use of green gas and biofuels.
And this despite the fact that Bentley is doing great business. Its production has even increased by a remarkable 38% over the same period.
Smarter moves include a collection system that collects rainwater in tanks to cut water use by a quarter, and a plan to expand the 31,500 solar panels already installed.
Peter Bosch, Bentley Motors Board Member for Manufacturing, said: “The focus of our Beyond100 strategy is to ensure Bentley is a global leader in sustainable luxury mobility.
“Our site is already carbon neutral and the ethos behind our Dream Factory concept is to go zero in terms of environmental impact.”
Both can be plugged in and charged in around 2.5 hours, giving you around 25 miles of pure electric driving.
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