Electric power suits Rolls Royce very well. It offers torque and silence, the two fundamental traits that their cars need to have. You may remember the 102EX prototype (pictured below and driven from minute 4:30 on, in the posted video), a fully-functioning, all-electric Phantom that did not get a negative response from the press.
Many liked it, yet Rolls ultimately did what the majority of its customers asked and stuck with petrol power, cancelling its production plans for the EV model.
Now, it seems they’ve reconsidered, or are considering reconsidering, according to AutoExpress. The UK-based magazine spoke with Richard Collar, the Head of Bespoke Sales and Marketing for Rolls-Royce who explained the company’s position: “We look at all the trends, the trend for hybrid and electric vehicles but the question we have to ask is, is this something our customers want?”
However, there is a higher chance of the company launching a plug-in hybrid first, and then moving on to a full-electric model; the first has a high chance of arriving on the market within less than two years.
By Andrei Nedelea