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.
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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