Leave it to Californians to demand an alternative to leather

Bentleys are one of the most luxurious vehicles you can buy, aptly being considered “ultra luxury” models. We’re talking about the finest leather and wood trim appointments the market has to offer. Lots of space and obscure features like a champagne chiller, fragrance nozzles, and even crystal drinkware – these are all features reminding those who ride inside that they are some of the wealthiest individuals in the world. Well, what happens when you mix vegans and overpowering wealth? As it turns out, you get automakers like Bentley considering alternative materials to use instead of leather. Yup; you read that right. In a recent interview with Automotive Express, Bentley’s director of design, Stefan Sielaff, said that the brand is considering materials other than leather to appease the vegans of the world.

“You can’t sell an animal-containing product like a Bentley, with 20 leather hides, to someone with a vegan lifestyle,” Sielaff said. “We’ve been talking to these customers, in California especially, and they’re asking us what can we give them. We do a lot of custom-made and coach-built solutions, in conjunction with our colleagues at Mulliner, and therefore we want to satisfy these customers because they are the peak of a trend.”

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Mushrooms, Proteins, and Jellyfish

Mushrooms? Jellyfish? No; there’s not going to me a mushroom garden or jellyfish tank option for the next Bentley you look at, but these things could be used as an alternative to the various leather hides used in most Bentley models. Bentley is calling it a “vegan interior,” and we’ll be seeing it sooner than later:

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We will shortly present a Bentley with a vegan interior; it’ll give you a luxury sensation but with a different way – protein leather, mushroom leather, jellyfish material.

With that said, there’s no specific timeframe as for when this Vegan-inspired model will actually be shown off to the world, but when it happens, you can thank all of the Vegan’s in California for inspiring Bentley to make such an option. Part of me wants to rant about people just being too damn picky, but then again, when you’re paying as much as you would for something like a Bentley Continental or Mulsanne, I think it’s probably fair to let customers be as picky as they want. After all, it’s not like they are buying a Chevy Cruze of Ford Fusion, right?

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Just think, in the near future, you may be able to buy a Bentley that uses zero animal products

Just think, in the near future, you may be able to buy a Bentley that uses zero animal products. Of course, that’s not really 100-percent true as long as Bentley’s continue to run on fuel. After all, fossil fuels are formed from plants and animals that lived some 300 million years ago. So until Bentley go all-electric and charge from solar power only, there’s still some derivative of animal products being used, right? I guess the vegans will just have to way until something like the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept goes into production. That might not be that far away, though, as Sielaff has said his team is investigating how electric powertrains will change Bentley design in the future. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that all-electric, truly vegan model just yet.

What do you think? Is it a good idea for brands like Bentley to cater to the vegan community, or is this just going a little too far? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Auto Express

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