BY farah khalfe 2 MINUTE READ

Bentley’s model line-up will include only plug-in hybrids and electric cars by 2026 and will be fully electric by 2030, the British carmaker announced this week.

This is indeed a big shift for a company that is currently the world’s largest producer of V12 petrol engines.

The first fully-electrified Bentley is due to hit the scene in 2025.

“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 Chief Executive Officer Adrian Hallmark said in a statement.

According to Bentley, the EXP 100 GT concept car of 2019 gives us a glimpse at this future. It features a multitude of sustainable materials, including 5000-year-old copper-infused Riverwood, traditionally produced wool carpets and a leather-like textile upholstery made from a bi-product of wine-making.

The carmaker says it will continue to use only sustainably sourced materials throughout its current, and next generation of cars.

“Bentley’s aim to become an end-to-end carbon neutral luxury car brand by 2030 will be underpinned by a structured, business-wide sustainability programme,” the company said.