Rolls-Royce Commits to Future Plug-In Hybrid, But Only Because Emissions Regulations Will Require It

MAR 17 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 4

Those pesky emissions regulations are forcing us to develop a plug-in hybrid.

Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce

That’s basically what Rolls-Royce is saying here.

Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Otvos made this statement in regards to PHEVs to Auto Express at the Geneva Motor Show:

“It will be essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions.”

Now that’s commitment to electrification…or not.

Auto Express prodded the Rolls-Royce boss about the pure electric 100EX Phantom the automaker had displayed in the past.  Here’s the response:

“We showed that car to around 100 customers around world, and the reaction we got was ambivalent.  A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers – but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem.”

Where will that plug-in hybrid technology come from?  BMW…of course.  (Rolls-Royce resides under the BMW Group, so using the German automaker’s tech is will keep Rolls-Royce’s costs in check).

Source: Auto Express

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4 Comments on "Rolls-Royce Commits to Future Plug-In Hybrid, But Only Because Emissions Regulations Will Require It"

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Gliding of your country estate in sheer silence, not to disturb the deer that jump around your lawn, seems great to me! You can always use your roaring V12 once you hit the motorway

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

A Gentleman prefers effortless, continuous torque and absolute smoothness of power. Having a smooth inline 6 or turbine providing long-distance backup power would be rather helpful as well, providing it is suitably silenced.

Shifting is for peasants.

It’s sad that a group of RR engineers for a car THAT expensive and THAT HUGE can’t fit enough batteries inside, or add a DC Fast Charger to it…

They really don’t get what a pure luxury BEV can be. 🙁

Customer: “Pardon me, but would you have any grey BEVs?”
RR: “I’m afraid we don’t carry [snide tone] ‘electric motorcars’ in any color. Good day, sir.”
Customer: “But what about the environm–”
RR: “I said Good Day, Sir!!”