Bentley plans to kill off the internal combustion engine that have powered its luxurious cars.
The Crewe-based company famed for its petrol-guzzling 12-cylinder engines is going electric as it aims to become a “global leader in sustainable luxury mobility”.
Established in 1919, Bentley has become synonymous with big engines to drive its heavy cars, the cheapest of which starts at £133,000.
However, as part of the manufacturer’s “Beyond100” strategy, by 2026 it will no longer sell cars with only conventional engines.
The first all-electric Bentley will be introduced in 2025 and its range will all have either battery or hybrid engine drive trains. By 2030, it will no longer offer hybrids.
Moving away from its exhaust-belching roots will help the company face increasingly punitive levies for the amount of carbon that its cars emit.
The company described the plan would see it “evolving from the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder petrol engines to having no internal combustion engines”.
Adrian Hallmark, chief executive, said: “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.
“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 is part of the Volkswagen Group, which is investing €40bn into electric vehicles and new technology as it pushes to be leader in sustainable transport and move on from the “dieselgate” scandal of 2015.