Last updated on April 22nd, 2020 at 11:36 am
Having announced that it wants to electrify all of its fleet by 2023, and release its own all-electric (BEV) vehicle by 2025, Bentley Motors has today revealed that its factory headquarters in Crewe, England is now carbon-neutral.
Certified by the Caron Trust, which puts manufacturers under the scrutiny of the PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, Bentley's plant now draws electricity from 100% renewable energy, only. Electricity is either purchased from one of its UK suppliers or generated through the use of its on-site solar panels. There are over 30,000 solar panels that cover 1,378 car parking spaces – producing 7.7MW of power, which is enough to power over 1,750 homes.
The move to carbon neutrality might come as a surprise to some, but the British manufacturer was the first in the UK to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, which came after the company's factory improved its energy efficiency.
Earlier in the year, Bentley started rolling out its very first plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. Priced at around £130,000, its 2.9-litre PHEV V6 turbo delivers 456 hp with 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Bentley Motors, said: “While 2019 has marked Bentley’s centenary, our focus is now on preparing the business for the next 100 years. We want to lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility – by providing our customers with products and services that reflect their own values. We are very conscious of our responsibility to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of our organisation, and today’s news is just the latest stage in this journey.”