Bentley has become a world leader in the push towards a future of sustainable luxury mobility with the new EXP 100 GT – its all-electric concept car created to celebrate the company’s centenary year. In pursuing this vision, Bentley has brought together intelligently curated materials from some of the world’s leading experts in sustainable production.
The fully autonomous Grand Tourer with zero emissions and Artificial Intelligence sets a new benchmark for sustainable travel. Designed to enhance the occupants’ luxury Grand Touring experience, it is borne from pure Bentley DNA. Beautifully styled, it reasserts the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.
Bentley has entered into some unique collaborations to bring the EXP 100 GT to reality. The future of sustainable luxury includes 5,000-year-old Copper Infused Riverwood, a 100% organic leather-like textile which is a bi-product from wine-making, as well as British Farmed Wool carpets. Even the Compass exterior paint is made from recycled rice husks.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT – Partnerships for a sustainable future
Bentley has created a carefully curated selection of exquisite materials for the EXP 100 GT concept car. The collaborations, many of which also help protect the tradition of British craftsmanship, put sustainable innovation to the forefront.
Among them is a unique partnership with Gainsborough, a company that has been producing some of the world’s finest interior furnishing fabrics since 1903, designed, dyed, warped and woven with care and integrity. Based in Sudbury, Suffolk – a centre of silk weaving since the 19th century – the company has a royal warrant of appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
Gainsborough cotton damask textile is sustainable, renewable and biodegradable, making it an excellent choice as an environmentally friendly fibre in the EXP 100 GT. This unique and beautiful damask has been jointly created by Bentley and Gainsborough, using a sustainable dying process that strives to achieve zero discharge of chemicals into the environment.
Bentley teamed up with London’s premier embroidery house to create a crafted art installation on the textile. Hand & Lock has more than 250 years of experience, providing their services to the Royal Family, top European design houses, the Royal Armed Forces and Savile Row tailors. The company is committed to sharing embroidery know how and inspiring the next generation of embroiderers.
Vegea is the future of luxury eco-materials and uses a bi-product of the wine-making process to create a fully vegetal raw material consisting of grape skins, seeds and stalks that remain after crushing grapes. An exclusive collaboration with Vegea Company of Italy sees Bentley making a clear and bold statement about its commitment to delivering beautiful materials that are sustainable and environmentally friendly too.
Using a traditional Wilton loom, Grosvenor Wilton’s luxury floorcoverings in the EXP 100 GT are woven with precision and skill in the finest sustainable wool from rare breed sheep. Grosvenor Wilton is one of England’s oldest carpet manufacturers, founded in Kidderminster in 1790, it has a legacy of quality and innovation. The yarn selected for Bentley is all-British Farmed Wool, spun in Britain, dyed in Yorkshire and woven in Worcestershire.
Cumbria Crystal is the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, lead, luxury English crystal. Using only traditional