Bentley Electric Car | Going 100% Renewable

 

Sourced from Motor Authority

For over a 100 years Bentley has been producing traditional luxury vehicles but that’s all about to change as the renowned manufacturer announces its Beyond100 strategy to transition all Bentley cars to electric technology.

It is proposed that from 2021 Bentley will offer hybrid vehicles and from 2026 Bentley intends to switch to 100% electrics.

As commented by Adrian Hallmark, CEO of Bentley Motors, “since 1919, Bentley has defined luxury grand touring. Being at the forefront of progress is part of our DNA- the original Bentley boys were pioneers and leaders.”

“Now, as we look Beyond100, we will continue to lead by reinventing the company and becoming the world’s benchmark luxury car business.”

“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’s Commitment To Renewable Energy

Renewable EnergyDue to the company’s commitment to sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources, Bentley has achieved a “carbon neutral” certification.

The majority of its renewable energy is sourced from 10,000 solar panels that are mounted on Bentley Motors, Crewe factory.

Producing over 2.7 megawatts of energy it is thought that solar carport is one of UK’s largest commercial solar power plants.

By the end of 2025, Bentley intends to offset its negative manufacturing impacts through reducing energy consumption, lowering CO2 emissions, minimizing wastewater, lowering the use of solvents in the painting process and cutting plastic waste.

Hallmark highlights that Bentley is also interested in sustainably-sourced materials such as “5,000-year-old-copper infused Riverwood, traditionally produced wool carpets and a leather-link textile upholstery made from a bi-product of wine-making” for the Bentley electric car designs.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

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    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

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  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

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