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Famed luxury carmaker Bentley to go fully electric by 2030

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Bentley Motors plans to exclusively offer plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2026 and fully electric models by 2030, the British luxury carmaker said Thursday.

Bentley, which is owned by German automaker Volkswagen, will offer two unnamed plug-in hybrid models starting next year. The first full-electric vehicle is expected in 2025, the company said. Bentley’s only plug-in hybrid is currently the Bentayga SUV.

“The future of Bentley will be fully electric,” Bentley’s chief engineer, Matthias Rabe, said during an event outlining the future direction of the 100-year-old company.

The decision is a major move for the automaker, which is best known for its uber-luxurious vehicles with eight- and 12-cylinder engines. It follows several other automakers saying they plan to move away from vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines in exchange for electric powertrains.

“Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100-year-old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said in a statement. He said the company aims to be completely carbon neutral by 2030.

 

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