Bentley Motors announced its Five-in-Five plan committing to launching new electric models each year from 2025 – all designed and developed in Crewe, accelerating its Beyond100 strategy and redefining its credentials as the benchmark manufacturer in sustainable luxury mobility.
Bentley recently revealed a £2.5 billion sustainable investment to realise this strategy, and confirmed that from 2025, the first Bentley electric vehicle will be designed, developed and produced.
The investment will allow a fundamental reinvention of the Crewe manufacturing infrastructure, and help secure Bentley’s future at Crewe for the next generation of products and colleagues. Crewe will become a ‘Dream Factory’ – a digital, zero environmental impact, flexible and high-value manufacturing facility.
The new investment and acceleration of the Beyond100 strategy will be the basis to reduce Bentley’s carbon footprint across all products and non-factory operations, in line with Bentley’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Among the latest initiatives will be an extension of on-site energy production at Crewe, aiming to increase the number of solar panels from 30,000 to 40,000 in the next two years. Moreover, Bentley is investigating using sustainable biofuel in fleet cars, including Bentley’s iconic Heritage Collection.
The new Dream Factory includes a go-to-zero approach on the environmental impacts of manufacturing. Having achieved carbon neutral production already in 2019, Bentley aims to reduce water consumption, waste to landfill and other environmental impacts for every vehicle built in Crewe to an absolute minimum until 2030.
On Bentley’s model range, the luxury marque already leads the way in the luxury hybrid car sector and will further cement that position with the release of the Flying Spur PHEV in 2022, as well as five additional derivatives, added to the current Bentayga PHEV to meet the diverse needs of Bentley’s discerning customers. It is anticipated that more than 20% of sales this year will come from Bentley’s hybrid cars.