Rolls-Royce To Skip Plug-In Hybrids, Will Launch EV When “Time Is Right”

Rolls-Royce introduced the 102EX concept in 2011, but the company still hasn’t launched an electric vehicle.

That isn’t too surprising, but Bentley hasn’t been coy about their plans for electrification. Earlier this year, the company announced all of their models would be offered with a hybrid powertrain by 2023 and their first electric vehicle will arrive by 2025.

Rolls-Royce is undoubtedly aware of this, but it seems like they not rushing to launch an electric vehicle.  Quite the opposite actually as Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told Roadshow they will launch an EV “when the time is right.”

Also Read: Rolls-Royce Holding Back EV Until Tech And Infrastructure Improve

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Müller-Ötvös didn’t say when that would occur, but he revealed the company isn’t going to follow the dual powertrain strategy employed by Bentley. Instead, the company will skip plug-in hybrids and focus exclusively on electric vehicles.

A number of automakers also adopting the same approach and Müller-Ötvös believes it makes the most sense. As he explained, “It may be okay for bigger companies to go into hybrids and all sorts of different technologies …” but “we need to make smart decisions on where we invest our money.”

Besides the cost benefits, Müller-Ötvös suggested legislation will change to favor electric vehicles over plug-in hybrids. This will likely occur in city centers where pollution concerns have already seen a handful of vehicles getting banned.

A lot of questions remain, but it appears Rolls-Royce was planning on going electric from an early stage as Müller-Ötvös revealed the Architecture of Luxury, that underpins the Phantom and Cullinan, can support electric vehicles.

  • Mr. EP9

    My guess is they’ll wait for BMW to do all the leg work first and then borrow their tech and charge three times as much.

    • PK

      well yeah since they apart of the bmw group. royce will always follow suit after what bmw has made same goes for mini.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    The 1% richest Peolpe keep 70% of the money of the this poor World

  • Kagan

    London taxi

  • Ben

    If any brand goes full EV, Rolls would likely be the best fit. Their V12 is buttery smooth, but Rolls does everything possible to make sure you don’t know it exist or is even running. Electric motors are quiet and don’t transmit any vibrations into the cabin. I do wonder…what are they going to do with that MASSIVE amount of space the V12 normally would occupy?! The cavity is so large its more like a coffin than a “frunk”. I don’t see them extending the cabin all the way forward and making the nose stubby. I’d think they’d like to keep their classic shape for the time being.

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