It's about so much more than electric cars.
It takes more time for exotic automakers like Bentley to electrify their lineups. These vehicles are expensive and engineered around large-capacity V8 and W12 engines. The driving experience is crucial at this price point, so anything that messes with that is approached with caution. But Bentley is getting there, and hybrid versions of the Bentayga SUV and Flying Spur sedan are evidence of this. The company's first fully electric model is due to arrive in 2025.
As part of its goal to be a carbon-neutral company by 2030, Bentley is also paying attention to the carbon footprint of its Crewe facility as a whole, not just its cars. The same focus on sustainability extends to each employee.
Bentley's #GoToZero plan involves numerous team engagement activities to help the company's 4,000 employees understand and reduce their own carbon footprint. One of the focal points has been employee commuting. For starters, Bentley will soon be launching new facilities like a bike repair station to encourage more people to cycle to and from work. There will also be 30 free charging points beneath the brand's 7.7 MW solar array in the car park. These can be used to charge vehicles under the Volkswagen Group umbrella that form part of the company car scheme, including the Audi e-tron and VW ID.3.
Other initiatives include talks from industry experts, means of reducing power and paper use, and lowering the use of plastic packaging.
"#GoToZero is our vision of a zero-impact factory and generates momentum for our efforts to decarbonize our business, reduce waste, recycle, and improve resource efficiency," said Peter Bosch, member of the board for manufacturing at Bentley.
Bosch added that Bentley is on track to deliver its first EV in 2025, followed by a lineup of only EVs and hybrids in 2026, and eventually EVs only by 2030. With Bentley currently reporting record sales, it will hope to build on that momentum as it approaches its carbon-neutral goal in 2030.