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Bentley begins rainwater storage at its Crewe headquarters and production facility

A new rainwater harvesting station was installed at Bentley's headquarters recently.

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The town of Crewe, England gets, on average, 30.4 inches of rain per year, according to climate-data.org. That's about the same total as Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a move designed to increase the company's sustainability, Bentley has launched a new water usage reduction program.

This isn't the company's first foray into reducing water usage. For the last twenty years, they have worked to reduce the amount of water used per car by 89 percent. They're not the only company that has taken this step. In 2019, FCA reduced its water use by 40 percent, and carbon footprint by 27 percent, and waste generated by per vehicle.

Bentley driving lake car Bentley, like other automakers, is driving toward a more sustainable future. Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

As part of the new initiative Bentley now was a recycling system that works with the water used in the manufacturing process and new captured rainfall storage that can be used for facilities maintenance.

The new water harvesting system consists of one water capture tank, located on the Crewe site, that is equipped with two integrated filters and pumps, that supplies a direct, pressurized supply of water to appliances. It has a capacity of 20,000 liters and can produce more than 1,800 liters of water on the average day.

Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said: "At Bentley, we are focused on ensuring that we lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility, taking into account the environmental, social and economic impact of our work. Our efforts on water usage reduction over a long period is remarkable, continuing to find new and innovative ways of protecting the environment.

"With the installation of this new system, we will be able to further reduce the demands that our business places on the mains water supply, while doing so in an environmentally-aware manner."

Last year, its Crewe factory was awarded carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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Two new lifestyle products carry the Bentley name and deliver in-car audio experiences to out-the-vehicle time.

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A long-standing collaboration has resulted in two new audio system products. A Naim for Bentley Mu-so Special Edition wireless speaker for the home and the new Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones bring the high-quality sound of a Bentley vehicle audio system outside the vehicle.

"Bentley and Naim are celebrating the 12th year of a successful partnership founded on unrivalled quality and a passion to create the ultimate customer experience. The world's most powerful in-car sound system available in the market heightens Bentley's extraordinary drive with music that speaks to the heart. The new Mu-so system extends that experience and enjoyment from our cars to the home, delivering peerless sound performance and enhancing the lifestyle of Bentley's discerning customers," said Chris Craft, Bentley Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing.

Bentley Naim Focal audio The headphones will set you back £1,199 .Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Both products are distinctively Bentley in style and feature interior and exterior styling aspects of a number of Bentley vehicles including the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar and EXP 100 GT. The products both have a recurring lattice pattern that is inspired by the diamond shapes of Bentley's seat quilting.

Bentley Motors and Naim Audio have been associated since 2008. Their teams work together to optimize vehicle and audio system design to deliver a high-quality experience for owners. The new Radiance headphones are the debut collaboration between Bentley and Focal.

"Bentley, Naim and Focal share an enthusiasm for innovation, dedication to engineering excellence and a true passion that drives our respective areas of expertise. There is also a collective desire to honour proudly held heritage principles, blending them with cutting-edge technologies to define new benchmarks in premium performance and customer experience," says Charlie Henderson, Managing Director of Naim Audio.

Bentley Naim Focal audio The subtle speaker design has design characteristics that are synonymous with the Bentley brand.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The Naim for Bentley Mu-so Special Edition can be pre-ordered now via shop.bentleymotors.com for £1,799 the Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones can be pre-ordered for £1,199. Orders for both are expected to be fulfilled in the second-half of October.

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