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Coming this way: The Electric Bentley

In our Beyond100 strategy, we committed to becoming a global pioneer in sustainable luxury mobility. That means becoming fully carbon-neutral, from our factory to the cars we create, by 2030. Our suppliers are also expected to meet minimum sustainability standards – and by 2025, our entire global retailer network will be carbon neutral too.

But it doesn’t stop there. The strategy has since accelerated, with the announcement of the ‘Five-in-Five’ plan, which will see five all-electric Bentley vehicles launched – one each year from 2025 – at which point our entire product range will be electric. Find out more about Bentley's sustainability commitments here.

As for the cars we build today, things are moving just as fast. An increasing number of vehicles across our  Flying Spur and Bentayga ranges are already available with hybrid powertrains. Before long, they will be joined by the Bentayga EWB, Continental GT and GTC – critical next steps on a journey that is gathering momentum by the day.

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CRUCIAL MILESTONES: HYBRID CARS

With the introduction of more and more hybrid cars, our transition to electric power is gaining momentum. The Flying Spur, Flying Spur Azure and Flying Spur Mulliner are now all available as hybrids, as is the Flying Spur S – the first Bentley S model to feature a powertrain of this kind.  

With a 2.9 litre petrol engine and a 100 kW electric motor,these cars can travel at motorway speeds using just electric power – and they can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

The hybrid version of the Bentayga, meanwhile, combines an electric motor with a 3.0 litre petrol engine.* It can drive on electric power alone for up to 25 miles, making it perfect for the world’s most progressive cities. Together, these cars represent another milestone in our journey towards an electric future, while setting new standards for luxury hybrid vehicles.

* The hybrid powertrain on Bentayga is currently not available to order in any market
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Driving Smarter

All our hybrid cars are equipped with innovative technology to ensure they run as efficiently as possible. To achieve this, they feature three driving modes:

EV Drive mode
Designed for the shorter city/urban trips, this all-electric mode solely uses the electric motor, yet still provides sufficient power to achieve highway speeds.

Hybrid mode
Using a combination of both the electric motor and the petrol engine, Hybrid mode maximises the vehicle’s range, by switching the engine off when its contribution is not required. With the navigation system’s Predictive E-Mode feature enabled, it can automatically work out when in your journey it should employ the electric motor, and when it needs the petrol engine. In short, the car will select the right mode at the right time. All you need to do is drive.

Hold mode
In this mode, the car focuses on preserving and recouping electric charge for the battery, by relying on the petrol engine where possible, while also recharging the battery via regenerative braking.

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BUILDING A ‘DREAM FACTORY’

Our current production facility in Crewe was certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust in 2020, before any other UK luxury car factory. That certification followed 20 years of hard work, for advances including:

• A 10,000 solar panel carport (on top of 20,000 solar panels we had already installed)

• A shift to using renewable-only energy sources

• Water recycling in the paint shop

• Tree planting in the local area

• Introducing on-site beehives and wildflower meadows, boosting biodiversity

• A commitment to cutting the factory’s environmental impact by 75% by 2025.

We are now in the process of creating a next-generation ‘Dream Factory’. This digital, flexible and high-value manufacturing facility will ensure that neither our cars nor our production processes affect the environment adversely.

Find out more about Bentley's Beyond100 commitments.

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MORE CONNECTED BY THE DAY

The experience of owning a car today is defined not just by the physical vehicle, but also by the suite of digital services that can be used alongside it. For Bentley, many of these services are delivered by My Bentley – a smartphone app with connected features that make owning a hybrid car even easier.

For example, its E-charging feature lets you search for charging stations in your local area, on your route or at your destination. If your car is already plugged into a charging point, you can schedule it to charge at a time that suits you. You can pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin to an optimum temperature, before you get in. And you can even check whether you’ve left the windows open

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GOING EVEN GREENER

The countdown to the first fully electric Bentley is part of a bigger picture, in which we are striving to achieve better environmental performance for all Bentleys – past, present and future. For cars on the road today, we are working on greener alternatives to petrol. To test the effectiveness of a candidate based on waste straw, a prototype Flying Spur Hybrid recently drove right around Iceland, powered only by clean electricity and the new fuel. CO2 emissions were cut by 45% over the course of the adventure on a well-to-wheels basis, making the project a resounding success.

Cleaner EVs are possible
Even electric vehicles can be made less damaging to the environment – which is why we are investing heavily in this area. The RaRE project (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines) explores how discarded magnetic material can be used to make new, recyclable magnets. OCTOPUS (Optimised Components, Test and simulatiOn, toolkits for Powertrains that integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions) aims to create a fully integrated e-axle without any rare-earth magnets at all. An initial investigation has already delivered a breakthrough, beating standard permanent magnet motor performance. The aim now is to make it both cost-effective and fully recyclable.

A vision of the future
This is all part of a vision for the future of luxury mobility that was demonstrated in a Bentley concept car revealed in 2019. Created to mark Bentley’s Centenary, the EXP 100 GT represented a showcase of the innovative ideas that will define sustainable luxury in the years to come. Designed to stimulate all the senses, it can be considered a proving ground for new features, many of which are now appearing in our production cars.

Learn more about the EXP100GT.

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SUSTAINABLE SPECIAL EDITIONS

Inspired by the ideas presented in the EXP 100 GT concept, we have begun introducing sustainably designed new features in limited-run hybrid cars known as Odyssean Editions.

The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition features sustainable wool fabrics in place of some leather panels, alongside open-pore veneers that require far less lacquer in the finishing process. Alongside the underlying hybrid technology and design touches that evoke our commitment to sustainability, features like these will only become more prominent in Bentley cars.

Learn more about the Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition.

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the journey continues

The launch of our Beyond100 strategy marked the beginning of a journey – a journey that is now gathering pace. We remain on track to achieve all the goals we have set so far, so to follow our progress and be among the first to know when we reach each new milestone, please sign up below.

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