Bentley Will Ditch Internal Combustion Within 10 Years

As part of its 'Beyond100' strategy, the VW Group subsidiary has announced it'll abandon ICE by 2030
Bentley Will Ditch Internal Combustion Within 10 Years

While VW Group ploughs billions of euros into electric car development, things are a little further behind at Bentley. In stark contrast to the new EVs emerging left, right and centre from its fellow brands, there’s just plug-in hybrid in the British subsidiary’s entire portfolio.

As it happens, the Bentayga PHEV is also the only thing it sells that doesn’t have a V8 or a W12 under the bonnet. And on the latter front, it’s the last VW Group brand to use the unusual 6.0-litre, 12-cylinder beast, and is also responsible for its assembly. There’s going to be a dramatic turnaround in the next 10 years though, as Bentley has now pledged to go carbon neutral and ditch internal combustion entirely by 2030.

Bentley Will Ditch Internal Combustion Within 10 Years

That’s a bold statement from a company that doesn’t intend to release its first production electric car until 2025, although it will have more hybrids in its range at that point. Two additional PHEVs will be introduced next year - almost certainly the Flying Spur and the Continental, since the Bentayga already has a hybrid option.

Within a year from that point, all Bentley models will be electrified to some degree. Whether or not this plan will involves a hybridised V8 is unclear, but we suspect the W12 would have already gone out of production by then.

Bentley Will Ditch Internal Combustion Within 10 Years

Bentley hasn’t offered any hints as to how its first EV might shape up. It’s only fully electric concept car as of yet is the EXP 100 GT, which looks far beyond 2025 and isn’t a fully-functioning concept. Plus, its impressive statistics are all based on tech that doesn’t exist just yet.

Away from the cars, Bentley is off to a good start in its quest for carbon neutrality. Its solar panel-festooned factory in Crewe is already carbon neutral, and there are plans to put each of its suppliers through a sustainability audit.

Bentley Will Ditch Internal Combustion Within 10 Years

Commenting on Bentley’s future, CEO Adrian Hallmark said:

“Since 1919, Bentley has defined luxury grand touring. Being at the forefront of progress is part of our DNA - the original Bentley boys were pioneers and leaders. Now, as we look Beyond100, we will continue to lead by reinventing the company and becoming the world’s benchmark luxury car business.

“Driving this change includes, and also goes beyond our products, delivering a paradigm shift throughout our business, with credibility, authenticity, and integrity. Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100 year old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury.”


Nathan Vonlanthen

I initially read the title as BMW instead of Bentley. I had quite the fright.

11/05/2020 - 18:32 |
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Well I guess I don’t wanna be buying a brand new Bentley when that time comes then. We’ll all be super thankful for the used market.

11/05/2020 - 18:37 |
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Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

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As if you’d be buying a used one anyway

11/05/2020 - 22:30 |
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V-Tech and EcoBoost kicked in yo

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh the horror of a luxury car brand investing money on a silent drivetrain. Won’t anyone think of the children.

11/06/2020 - 03:40 |
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V-Tech and EcoBoost kicked in yo

2030 might seem very soon, but its quite a long time in terms of tech.

10 years ago, the Tesla Model S didn’t even exist, the first Apple iPad was introduced to the world, and phones with physical keyboards were still popular. Technology has changed quite a lot in that time.

11/06/2020 - 03:48 |
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I prefer old times
Phones with keyboards were good.
They also didn’t track you

11/07/2020 - 16:14 |
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11/06/2020 - 21:42 |
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I wish more luxury brands would take a leaf from Bentleys book. Because of the big luxury to survive in the future they are going to have become more environmentally friendly, if not they wont sell, and in a lot of countries they wont be able to sell them. So investing in the future now is good I look forward to seeing what they can do.
I look forward to all the changes coming in the global car market honestly we are watching a very pivotal moment in the world of cars across multiple manufacturers.

11/09/2020 - 11:32 |
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