U.K. car manufacturer Bentley, has made an announcement that it seeks to et rid of the non-electric powertrains by 2026, making hybrid & 100% electric cars their priority.
Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark had this to say: “Within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100-year-old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury.” He additionally said that Bentley will also have the goal of becoming carbon neutral by the year 2030.
Although, he did also disagree with the ban on combustion engines while hoping to orchestrate the move towards fully, as well as hybrid electric cars. He followed this by saying: “Whenever the deadline is for banning combustion engine sales, we’re advocating an overlap so that hybrids are allowed to be sold for longer until everybody can afford, charge, and live with the range of an electric car. I think we’re now getting through; we trust the right decisions will be made.”
Jan-Henrik Lafrentz, Bentley’s board member for finance also said that their decision was primarily influenced by consumer demand as opposed to new influence legislation. Lafrentz was quoted as saying: “I won’t pretend it’s not driven by regulations, because of course, it is, but we definitely see a demand from the customers.” He also made reference to research that showed 55 percent of Bentley’s consumers will be open to buying electric cars within the next 5 years.
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