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The Electric Bentley is coming

In 2020, our Beyond100 strategy was announced. A roadmap for our transformation into the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility brand, it commits us to an electric future.

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A CLEAR ROADMAP

As part of our Beyond100 strategy, we have made a series of bold commitments:

  • By 2023, all three Bentley models will be available as luxury hybrid cars. Two of them – the Flying Spur and Bentayga – already are.

  •  In 2025, we will launch our first fully electric Bentley. It will also be the first luxury car in the world to be carbon neutral over its entire life.

  •  By 2026, our entire range will be made up of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

  • We will complete the transition to a carbon neutral, all-electric range by 2030.

As a result of these commitments, the company will evolve from the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder internal combustion engines, into a purely electric vehicle manufacturer – and all in just ten years. With the goal of a fully electric Bentley line-up by 2030, there remains some way to go, but progress is accelerating fast. This is a journey on which there can be no turning back.

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR

In 2017, the announcement of the electric EXP 12 Speed 6e marked the beginning of our journey. A concept for a luxury electric sports car, it was followed in 2018 by the launch of the Bentayga Hybrid – the world’s first true luxury hybrid.

The EXP 100 GT concept was unveiled a year later, to celebrate Bentley’s centenary. A showcase of the technologies Bentley intends to explore over the coming years, it represents a radical vision for the future, including autonomous electric driving and AI technology. You can learn more about this remarkable vehicle here.

A second generation Bentayga Hybrid was launched in 2021, followed by the Flying Spur Hybrid later that year. Now, customers looking for a Bentley hybrid have even more choice. Together, these stunning new luxury hybrid cars underline our commitment to a sustainable future.

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FUTURE-FACING FEATURES

MAKE THE CONNECTION
Our focus has always been on intelligent and intuitive tools that add to the Bentley experience. It is a commitment clearly demonstrated by new digital features available in the Flying Spur Hybrid and Bentayga Hybrid.

My Bentley Connected Car services give you access to journey information and controls from your smartphone or the infotainment system, helping to make life with your Bentley even safer and more convenient. Features include the ability to pre-programme your car to begin charging at a certain point in the evening, or to pre-heat the cabin before you get in for your journey to work.

You can read more about My Bentley Connected Car services here.


A DIFFERENT WAY TO DRIVE

Every Bentley hybrid offers three different driving modes: the all-electric EV Drive, plus Hybrid and Hold. Each one offers a different combination of petrol and electric power. Designed specifically for shorter journeys in city/urban environments, EV Drive mode relies on the electric motor alone – though it still provides enough power to reach highway speeds. Hybrid mode combines the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise range. If ‘Intelligent Coasting with Engine On’ is selected and the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator pedal, the petrol engine switches off automatically, reducing emissions further. Hold mode relies primarily on the petrol engine, keeping the electric motor available to boost acceleration when required.


A NEW TAKE ON NAVIGATION

Bentley’s innovative Hybrid Efficiency Navigation system does more than simply inform you of the most direct route to your destination. It automatically calculates when and where to rely on the car’s electric motor, changing drive modes automatically to minimise emissions and maximise range – only falling back on the petrol engine when absolutely necessary. All you have to do is drive.

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A BOLD CONCEPT

On 10 July 2019, 100 years to the day after Bentley Motors was founded, the Bentley EXP 100 GT was unveiled. This radical concept car pioneered some of the ideas that would go on to create the Beyond100 strategy. It reimagined grand touring with an exhilarating self-driving experience, crafted with a focus on sustainable materials and intelligent technology.

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ELECTRICITY IS JUST THE START

After the success of the Bentley hybrid cars launched so far, the challenge we face next is to create a Bentley powered purely by electricity. But even fully electric vehicles are not without sustainability issues.

Today’s electric vehicle motors rely on rare-earth minerals and miles of copper wire, the extraction of which can be harmful to the environment. That’s why Bentley is part of a nine-partner consortium working on the technology that will underpin a new generation of EVs.

The OCTOPUS research project (which stands for Optimised Components, Test and simulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains which integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions) is already making progress. Our aim is to develop a recyclable powertrain comprising the electric car motor, power electronics and transmission, ready in time for the launch of the first Bentley electric car in 2025. Fully recyclable at the end of its life, OCTOPUS will be critical to the development of truly sustainable cars.
 

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WHERE NEXT?

The Beyond100 strategy is the boldest step we have taken on our journey towards electrification. Its goals are ambitious and, once achieved, they will change the world for the better. Together, the new Bentayga Hybrid and Flying Spur Hybrid represent a glimpse of how this future will look. We can’t wait to show you more.

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