Luxury carmaker Bentley will build its first pure electric car in the Crewe factory. The battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2025.
Bentley has been building cars since 1919, and is now owned by Volkswagen is investing £2.5 billion in “sustainability” over the next 10 years. This will include the complete transformation of all Bentley vehicles and its Crewe plant, which employs 4,000 workers. Under this initiative, the Crewe plant will build electric cars
Earlier in 2020, the company unveiled its Beyond 100 strategy to make exclusive electric vehicles and become carbon neutral by 2030. Though it has not revealed any details over its first BEV model.
According to Adrian Hallmark, Chief executive, securing production of the vehicle in Crewe was “a milestone moment for Bentley and the UK”. It will enable a “long-term sustainable future” in Cheshire town.
He further added, “Beyond100 is the boldest plan in Bentley’s illustrious history and in the luxury segment. It’s an ambitious and credible road map to the carbon neutrality of our total business system, including the shift to 100% BEV 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.”
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders statistics suggest plug-in vehicles accounted for more than one in six new cars registered in the UK last year. While sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from 2030.
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