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Relax, Rolls-Royce Won't Do Hybrids...But There's A Catch

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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