A plug-in hybrid is inevitable, says the company.
With many tighter emissions restrictions already enforced worldwide and numerous more on the way, Rolls Royce and other premium manufacturers will be forced to roll out plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles as part of their lineups. Speaking to Auto Express at the Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos confirmed that a plug-in hybrid Rolls “will be essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions”.
A hybrid Spirit of Ecstasy model is likely to borrow its platform from parent company, BMW, which is currently featuring a combination of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor on its upcoming X5 eDrive. The most likely pioneer model for a hybrid Rolls would be the next-generation Phantom, though no final confirmation is currently available.