The famous luxury car brand signals the end of an era
This premium automaker revealed some big news overnight that will change its cars forever, and it’s all coming sooner than you think.
Bentley is the latest brand to announce it is ditching the internal combustion engine.
The famous British luxury brand has announced overnight that it will become an all-electric, carbon-neutral carmaker by 2030.
Bentley is known for powering its cars with huge turbocharged eight- and 12-cylinder engines – most mainstream vehicles use four-cylinders.
The move follows other ultra-premium brands such as Rolls-Royce also planning to ditch petrol by 2030.
Bentley says its first battery electric vehicle is currently in development and expected to arrive in late 2025.
Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark says the final design of the new electric vehicle is only weeks or months away, according to British publication Autocar.
The luxury brand has pledged to build five electric cars by the end of the decade.
Bentley is owned by giant Volkswagen Group and Hallmark says the vehicle will use VW Group’s electric platforms for its vehicles.
Bentley’s move to all electric vehicles comes as no surprise, as many jurisdictions around the world prepare to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars.
In 2021, the European Commission revealed that it wanted to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
Last year, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring 50% of all new cars sold by 2030 to be electric.
This decision would have the support of the largest American automakers such as Ford and General Motors.
President Biden then announced on Twitter: “The future of the auto industry is electric – and made in America”.
The Australian federal government currently has no enforceable vehicle emissions reduction targets and no incentives for electric car buyers.
Several states intervened.
NSW has announced a $3,000 grant for new electric cars priced below $70,000. Buyers are also eligible for stamp duty exemption, which is good for a few thousand extra dollars.
The incentives are part of a $490 million plan to encourage people to buy electric cars.
Victoria also announced a $3,000 subsidy for new electric cars under $68,740 (before running costs).
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in November last year that a $250 million government fund to install charging infrastructure and reduce costs will now be rolled out across the country as the Prime Minister attempts to put 1.7 million low- and zero-emission cars on the road by 2030.