Bentley Motors’ Groundbreaking Electric First Response Team Fleet

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In a bold move towards environmental stewardship, Bentley Motors has unveiled its fully electric First Response Team fleet at its Crewe site. The introduction of two electric models, the Volkswagen ID3 and ID Buzz Cargo, signifies a significant milestone in Bentley’s commitment to sustainability outlined in its Beyond100 strategy.

These electric vehicles, designed to handle day-to-day activities ranging from medical emergencies to off-site events, underscore Bentley’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint. One noteworthy feature is the ability of the ID3 and ID Buzz Cargo to charge at 107 onsite charging points, powered by an impressive 36,000 on-site solar panels. This charging infrastructure not only enhances convenience but also aligns with Bentley’s eco-friendly ethos.

The transition to electric First Response Vehicles addresses not only environmental concerns but also practical operational challenges. The new models operate more quietly, minimizing noise pollution for neighboring areas. Moreover, they are better suited to navigate the 10 mph speed limit enforced on the Bentley site, mitigating issues faced by earlier, fuel-powered counterparts.

Visually, the ID Buzz has undergone a distinctive transformation, featuring a part wrap in red to match the ID3 and showcasing the iconic Bentley wings and site emergency numbers. Sirens and a light bar further enhance the vehicles’ functionality, ensuring they are well-equipped for emergency response scenarios.

Looking ahead, Bentley has strategically assigned roles for these electric vehicles. The ID3 will be tasked with handling medical emergencies, off-site events, and day-to-day duties onsite, while the ID Cargo Buzz will transport specialized equipment for confined space, height, and environmental emergencies. This allocation highlights the versatility and adaptability of Bentley’s electric fleet.

This initiative follows the precedent set by Bentley’s on-site Logistics operation, which exclusively employs battery-powered vehicles. The transition to these electric models is expected to result in a substantial reduction in fuel consumption, from 1261 liters annually to zero, in alignment with Bentley’s ambitious carbon-neutral goal by 2030.

The Crewe site, where these cutting-edge vehicles are stationed, already operates on 100 percent renewable energy and holds the distinction of being the UK’s first luxury automotive factory certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust in 2018. Bentley’s commitment to sustainability is further evident through eco-friendly innovations, including a water recycling system, local tree planting, and the extensive use of on-site solar panels. The company aims to transform the Crewe site into a ‘climate positive factory’ by 2030, actively contributing to the global reduction of carbon levels.




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