Rolls-Royce Considering Plug-in Hybrid Model

Rolls-Royce Considering Plug-in Hybrid Model

As emissions regulations worldwide continue to become more strict, even luxury automakers such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley are turning towards plug-in hybrid models.

According to Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos, we shouldn’t be surprised to see a Rolls-Royce plug-in hybrid model in the near future. The CEO acknowledges that such a model isn’t essential in terms of consumer demand, but rather legal regulation on emissions.

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With massive models like the Phantom delivering only 11 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, it’s almost no surprise that Rolls-Royce has to find a way to increase that fleet fuel economy figure. Previously, the British automaker unveiled a 102EX Phantom concept that was a pure electric vehicle, but the response was underwhelming at best. But while an EV surely didn’t seem compatible with the ultra-luxury brand, a plug-in hybrid makes sense in today’s world. The brand could also turn towards parent company BMW and its hybrid technology, especially through its i sub-brand that has developed the i3 and i8.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]

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