British luxury carmaker Bentley Motors will begin production of the UK’s first all-electric car. The plan is part of a £2.5 billion (£3 billion) investment to switch from a 12-cylinder combustion engine to an electric powertrain.
Bentley-owner Volkswagen, Germany, has said it will modernize the Bentley plant in Crewe, England, over the next decade. The decision brought relief to the 4,000 factory workers and the British government, which had promised to protect the factory. The production site is threatened by Britain’s exit from the European Union and a quick switch from gasoline engines to electric models.
Crewe’s greener plant will start production of the brand’s first electric car in 2025. The company has already introduced hybrid variants of the Bentayga SUV and the Flying Spur sedan.
Bentley plans to offer only hybrid and electric cars by 2026. By the end of the decade, the company will switch completely to electric cars.
Volkswagen-owned Italian luxury sports car maker Lamborghini has pledged €1.5 billion to switch to plug-in hybrids and plans to introduce an all-electric model in the latter half of the decade.
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