Bentley says first luxury electric car due 2025

A Bentley logo is seen during the annual press conference of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) on March 13, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – German-owned luxury car brand Bentley said Wednesday that its first all-electric vehicle will be ready by 2025, as it unveiled major investment on becoming a fully carbon zero company.

Its first battery-powered electric vehicle will be developed and built at its factory in Crewe, northwest England, Bentley said in a statement.

The carmaker, owned by Volkswagen, added it was investing £2.5 billion ($3.4 billion, 3.0 billion euros) “in sustainability over the next ten years”.

“It’s an ambitious and credible roadmap to carbon neutrality of our total business,” Bentley chief executive and chairman Adrian Hallmark added in the statement.

The sign of the luxury car maker Bentley is pictured behind cars on the forecourt, outside a garage in Tunbridge Wells, south-east of London on November 6, 2020. – Bentley have announced their intention to stop producing petrol cars in the next six years. From 2026 it will offer only electric cars, with a move to producing only battery electric cars by 2030. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Parent group Volkswagen — whose 12 brands include also Audi, Porsche and Skoda — is pumping 35 billion euros ($40 billion) into the shift to electric vehicles and aims to become the world’s largest electric carmaker by 2025.

Bentley employs about 4,000 staff at its Crewe facility.