German-owned, UK-based luxury car marque Bentley said its first all-electric vehicle (EV) would be ready by 2025.
Its first battery-powered EV would be developed and built at its factory in Crewe, northwest England, Bentley said in a statement.
The carmaker, owned by Volkswagen, added it was investing $3.4 billion “in sustainability over the next 10 years”.
“It’s an ambitious and credible roadmap to carbon neutrality of our total business,” Bentley chief executive and chairman Adrian Hallmark added.
Bentley Motors posted record total sales of 14,659 units in 2021, an increase of 31% over 2020.
The carmaker’s biggest growth for the second consecutive year was in China, where sales rose 40% to 4,033 units. Overall Asia-Pacific sales rose 37%.
Growth was driven by new models and increasing demand for Bentley’s new hybridised models.
“The reaction to the market introduction of the Bentayga Hybrid and anticipation for Flying Spur Hybrid demonstrate the path the luxury sector is heading, and we are positioned firmly at the forefront,” Hallmark said.
Parent group Volkswagen – whose 12 brands include Audi, Porsche and Skoda – is pumping $40 billion into the shift to EVs and aims to become the world’s largest electric carmaker by 2025.
- AFP, with additional editing by George Russell