Rolls-Royce is considering developing an all-electric model, as newer and stricter auto emission norms of the future are pushing automakers to develop less polluting vehicles.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 2015 Frankfurt Motror Show (2015 IAA), Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO, Rolls-Royce told Automotive News that if the company manages to find a battery pack which is capable of offering a driving range which is acceptable to the discerning customers, then an all-electric Rolls-Royce is possible. The CEO says that he “can fully imagine a fully electric Rolls-Royce” in that case.
Rolls-Royce did show its interest in an all-electric vehicle earlier by unveiling the all-electric Rolls-Royce 102EX concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Rolls-Royce Phantom-based rear-wheel driven experimental vehicle runs on two electric motors that are powered by a 71 kWh battery pack. The battery pack weighs 640 kg, 90 kg more than the conventional engine and transmission. The concept has a driving range (manufacturer claimed) of 120 miles (193 km) and its battery pack takes over 20 hours to get fully charged.
Mr. Muller-Otvos made it very clear though, that Rolls-Royce hasn’t taken a final decision on producing an all-electric or a plug-in hybrid model, further stating that the company has no fixed time frame to make a decision.
[Source: Automotive News]