Rolls Royce Phantom EV In The Works, CEO Dismisses Plug-In Hybrids

Rolls Royce introduced the electric 102 EX concept six years ago and it appears the company hasn’t given up on the idea.

In an interview with Car & Driver, Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös confirmed the Architecture of Luxury that underpins the all-new Phantom has been designed with electrification in mind. The executive went on to say the company will likely introduce a Phantom with an electric powertrain before the car’s lifecycle is complete.

Despite effectively confirming plans for a Phantom EV, Müller-Ötvös said the company is “more regulator driven than consumer driven” as Rolls Royce expects some Asian cities to ban vehicles with internal combustion engines from entering downtown areas. If this occurs, the executive says electrification “is a must.”

Müller-Ötvös went on to dismiss hybrids and plug-in hybrids as “interim steps” and insisted the company wouldn’t build them. Instead, Rolls Royce is committed to pure electric vehicles even though customers haven’t been demanding them.

Besides talking about electrification, Müller-Ötvös revealed the company isn’t against autonomous driving but is simply waiting until the technology improves. As he explained, “It all depends on the progress of the development side, when it is right and advanced enough that it is a really effortless experience for customers.” He went on to suggest the company could embrace autonomous driving when systems are advanced enough that owners don’t need to keep their hands on the steering wheel.

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  • Nordschleife

    While I respect his stance then why not keep the old engine until the new electrified powertrain was made available. Per the automotive news outlets they created a whole new engine with the same displacement. I can’t believe the marginal gains in economy was worth the investment especially when you know you’re headed toward electric pulpulsion.

  • exeptor

    I have to admit that these pictures present the car in completely different light – it looks classy, stylish, moder yet keeping the best classic elements. I mean it is rather good. My first imression was not that good – too boxy, somehow cheeply modernistic, lost (more or less) the charisma of the old Phantom. As for the electric part – I see no other car which can adopt electricity better than RR. Such car will be mesmarizing in all aspects.

  • GIVEN THAT WEIGHT IS IRRELEVANT WITH THESE CARS IT SHOULD BE VERY EASY TO PACK THEM WITH BATTERIES AND GIVE THEM THE SAME RANGE AS AN ICE.

  • Bash

    An EV Phantom, it will be so quite, just like -yknow- a Phantom!!
    Cant wait to see it.

  • Bob

    Rolls Royce and electrification fit well. I would have one.

  • fabri99

    Well, I don’t get the hate for this car. It looks fantastic and as mighty as it was previously, just more modern and up to date. Can’t wait to see the electric version… more torque, more comfort, absolute silence. Probably the ideal Rolls Royce.

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