Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world.
The company’s headquarters in Crewe, United Kingdom, is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines: Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga.
The combination of engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology with fine craftsmanship, using skills handed down over generations, is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley, and is an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. The company, part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998, currently employs around 4,000 people in Crewe. Bentley delivered over 11,206 cars in 2020, the company’s eighth consecutive year above 10,000 cars. Bentley is now re-prioritising its model plan and accelerating its journey towards electrification, with hybrid or electric versions of all Bentley models by 2025.
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“Bentley Motors becomes the UK’s first Carbon Neutral luxury automotive factory”
Bentley outlines Beyond100 strategy, targeting sustainable luxury mobility leadership
Bentley Motors has outlined plans to become a global leader in sustainable luxury mobility with further details of its Beyond100 strategy revealed in November 2020. With the promise to offer truly sustainable luxury, Bentley will reinvent every aspect of its business to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organisation as it embarks on its second century. The target is driven by a transformation programme across Bentley’s entire operations and products. This includes switching its model range to offer exclusively plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles by 2026, and full electric vehicles only by 2030.
The announcement highlights Bentley’s plans to provide extraordinary mobility for the next century, evolving from the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder petrol engines to having no internal combustion engines within a decade, reinventing itself as a leader in sustainable luxury mobility.
The Beyond100 strategic plan is an extension of two decades of forward thinking, innovation and achievement. Acutely aware of the responsibility to consider its environmental, social and economic impact, Bentley has transformed its 80-year-old headquarters into a carbon neutral luxury car factory.
Bentley switches to waste-based renewable fuels to drive greener in-house logistics in Crewe
Bentley Motors has switched its in-house logistics to run on 100 per cent renewable fuels. This follows the installation of a hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fueling facilities at its site in Crewe. Ensuring that environmental factors are at the centre of current and future supply chain design is core to Bentley’s industry-leading vision of sustainable manufacturing. All of Bentley’s in-house logistics now run on green fuels or electricity.
A 34,000 litre ‘Green D+’ HVO tank and pump now fuels the ten HGV logistics trucks that transfer parts between Bentley’s Crewe site and storage depot in Winsford on a daily basis and over 20 smaller on-site security vehicles and delivery vans. The 250 plus forklift trucks and tow motors used inside the factory are already being charged with green electricity generated in part by Bentley’s 30,000 on-site solar panels.
HVO fuel is a second-generation premium biofuel made from renewable and sustainable sources such as waste fats, vegetables and oils. Compared to conventional fuel, the switch will reduce tailpipe CO2 emissions from logistics vehicles by over 86 %, reduce nitrous oxide by up to 30 % and particulates by up to 80 %. Bentley’s estimates that its local vehicle movements will now utilise around 10,000 litres of biofuel per month. With CO2 emissions reduced by over 86 %, of a total of almost 300,000 miles clocked up by in-house vehicles every year, over 250,000 miles of them are now effectively ‘emissions free.’
Bentley supports local community to ‘be safe’ during covid-19 crisis
Bentley Motors extended its internal ‘Be Safe’ health and safety programme to look after the local community in Cheshire during the Covid-19 crisis. The company focused on using its specialist skills to 3D print over face-shields and supply them to the Cheshire care sector, including all care homes, the NHS and other local community services. The 3D face-shields were created by Bentley’s specialist engineering teams, using their engineering expertise and 3D printing facilities.
Simultaneously, Bentley also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, facemasks, safety glasses and seat covers to local health services.
The company also extended its Bentley ‘Meals on 22 inch Wheels’ service, where colleagues volunteered to deliver essential items in the community when many people were struggling to access food and prescriptions. Colleagues helped to deliver parcels for local foodbanks and charities and vital medical supplies, using a range of company vehicles.
As a major employer in the South Cheshire region, Bentley plays an active role in local stakeholder committees, including Council-led partnerships and the local Chamber of Commerce. Bentley is also a board member of the Northern Automotive Alliance, shaping the strategy for the automotive sector in the North West of England.
Bentley’s corporate website dedicated to corporate issues and the company’s role in the community. The website hosts Bentley’s statement on its approach to addressing the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the company’s business and supply chains and Gender Pay Status.
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