The luxury car maker Bentley had recently announced that it would reduce its own carbon footprint in just 10 years whereby the company will manufacture only electric cars.
According to the latest report gotten from Cars And Driver, the company wants to make this move in phases whereby it will first switch to plug-in hybrid even though its first all-electric model is expected to arrive a year earlier – 2025.
The switch to EV production is the new norm and numerous car makers are making the move in their own way of battling climate change and reduce fossil fuel emission.
Its pretty obvious that many sport car manufacturers cling to the fuel combustion engines meanwhile other brands like Audi have also being moving away towards what is being perceived as the future of transportation.
The 10 years mark would be feasible for the company as it’s gone on with different EV concepts that showed how serious the company is about its move away from combustion engine by the year 2030.
Speaking of the move, Bentley executives made this known on Thursday stating that the company’s Beyond100 strategy to become an “end-to-end carbon neutral car brand” is pretty much doable. The company also stated that every model will have option of a hybrid powertrain by the year 2023 while it will launch its first full EV model in 2025 then 2026 will be for plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) or full EVs.
The British luxury brand holds the world record of being the largest producer of 12-cylinder engines and it has stated in the past that its W-12 will be retired eventually.
But as Volkswagen Group’s most powerful PHEV powertrain uses a V-6 gas engine, today’s announcement seems to confirm that Bentley’s V-8 powered models will survive barely longer than those using the W-12.
Bentley further announced that it will launch two new PHEVs by the year 2021 which will both be using developments of the V-6 plug-in powertrain which helped its brand debut at the Bentayga back in 2019. And it’s worth noting that the company’s CEO Adrian Hallmark is said to be a profound lover of PHEVs and has ben part of the Volkswagen Group’s effort to lobby European regulators to exempt them from future bans on the sale of combustion engines.
But he acknowledges that smaller companies like his own won’t be able to support the cost of parallel development of pure combustion and EV powertrains for long.
“You’ve got to make a corporate decision on how much overlap you want,” he told Car and Driver at an event in the U.K. last month, “and I would always say the less the better. Don’t forget, by the time we get to 2030 the legislation on batteries and the energy efficiency of cars will be no less challenging than it is now with combustion engines.”
“We would love to keep working on six engines plus battery-electric vehicles plus hybrids,” Hallmark added, “but we haven’t got the capacity to do it. You’ve got to pick a point in time where battery power density, especially for bigger cars, is the liberator for us. We’ve always said that the mid-2020s is the time when you can expect to see 120.0-plus-kWh batteries coming through the supply chain.”
The company wants to go completely carbon neutral on the same timescale a well as being plastic neutral considering the fact that the world has to deal with a great deal of plastic pollution.
While the move is a pretty decent one to ensuring a safer environment as well as scale through serious penalties from regulators in the continent of Europe, its also worth noting that the Bentley’s W-12 combustion engine is one of the most powerful offering absolute power and performance delivery.
While Bentley’s sudden drift away from fossil fuel to clean energy might be good for some, it might not seat well with others especially the enthusiasts. Then there are companies like Ferrari whose CEO Louis Camilleri stated that he doesn’t even expect the company’s production to be even half EV within his lifetime.
But there are luxury sedan manufacturers like Rolls Royce heading towards the Green energy in their cars a space which Tesla dominates.