At least one luxury automaker isn't ready to jump on the hybrid bandwagon.
Hybrid drivetrains are taking over the automotive world. Even supercars are starting to go hybrid, but Rolls-Royce still doesn't seem sold on the technology. In an interview with Autocar, Rolls-Royce CEO Müller-Otvös said "Electrification is the way forward and there will be no in-between steps for us like hybridization." At the Festival of Speed, he added that "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."
Basically, Rolls-Royce will not use hybrid technology because the brand sees it as only a fill-in until EV technology is perfected. "The Rolls-Royce brand is not, in a way, a game-changer when it comes to revolutionary technology. Our customers are doing so for reasons of utmost luxury, so there can be no imperfections" Müller-Otvös said. "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," he added. It seems like the Rolls-Royce cars that we know and love won't change for a while.
Some people have been begging Rolls-Royce to create a silent electric car, but the modern V12 engines that the company uses are so quite anyway that it doesn't even seem like a priority. Some people would also like to see an autonomous car from the company, but many Rolls-Royce owners have a driver, so Müller-Otvös doesn't see it as a priority either. Rest assured Rolls-Royce fans, the company won't go hybrid anytime soon.
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