Bentley’s Biofuel Transition Advances with Successful Trials

Bentley Motors Limited has introduced a 1200-litre biofuel tank at its Crewe factory, following a successful performance trial at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The biofuel, created from waste biomass, was tested on six different Bentley models, which successfully completed 32 hill climbs. The introduction of this renewable fuel has brought an estimated 85% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional gasoline, reflecting the automaker’s commitment to sustainability.

Why It Matters

The shift to second-generation biofuel is of significant relevance as it not only adheres to the EN228 standard equivalent to ordinary gasoline, but also requires no modifications to the engine. This environmentally friendly fuel option can be used seamlessly in Bentley’s current models, as well as in classic models such as the 1920 EXP2. This step forward aligns with Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy, a pledge to move exclusively to plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles by 2026, and full electric vehicles by 2030.

Key Points

  • Biofuel reduces CO2 impact by an estimated 85% compared to ordinary gasoline.
  • Bentley completed 32 successful hill climbs at Goodwood Festival of Speed using this biofuel.
  • The biofuel is created from waste biomass, sidestepping the ‘food versus fuel’ issue associated with first-generation biofuels.
  • This renewable fuel requires no engine modifications, making it compatible with all Bentley models, both past and present.
  • The adoption of biofuel aligns with Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy to transition to environmentally friendly vehicles.

Bottom Line

The implementation of biofuel at the Crewe factory marks Bentley’s drive towards sustainable innovation, while also preserving the rich heritage of the brand. It is an essential part of the automaker’s ongoing plan to support all models, past and present, in the quest for a more sustainable future. Moreover, the Crewe factory is on track to become a ‘climate positive’ factory by 2030, in line with Bentley’s commitment to reduce levels of carbon in the atmosphere. The factory has previously achieved carbon-neutral certification and continues to aim for reductions in energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and wastewater. Bentley’s pioneering switch to biofuel signifies a key milestone in the broader transition to a green automotive industry.


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