With France recently announcing the ban on all internal-combustion engines by the year 2040, it seems as though electrification is the way to go. Most manufacturers nowadays buy time and green credential by developing hybrid vehicles in order to bridge the gap between gasoline and electricity. Rolls-Royce however, doesn’t intend to do so and will head directly into fully electric vehicles in the future.
According to Autocar UK, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös believes that electrification is the way forward, and the company will no longer need steps in between such as hybridization. When asked why, Müller-Otvös explains that Rolls-Royce is not a game changer in revolutionary technology, but instead their customers choose them for the reason of “utmost luxury”.
“It is the propulsion system for the future, make no error. There is a time - nobody can predict when - when there will be no combustion engines. That will take a long, long time, but it will happen,” said Müller-Otvös
Despite talking about electric powertrains, Müller-Otvös says that only when the technology has been developed enough will Rolls-Royce swap out the V12 engines for batteries and electric motors. Back in 2011, Rolls-Royce made an all-electric Phantom called the 102EX. It was said to lack range and found the lack of charging infrastructures to be up to Rolls-Royce standards.
“Compromises when it comes to technology, or operating our products, are unacceptable. People are more interested in highly reliably substance than to be a test field for new technology,” added Müller-Otvös
Müller-Otvös noted that access to the technology developed by BMW, Rolls-Royce's parent company would make for a great asset when the time comes for them to develop an electric vehicle.
Source: Autocar UK