Rolls-Royce May Jump On The Electric Car Bandwagon At Long Last

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Of course there's a catch here.

Without a doubt, electric cars were the stars of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche knocked our socks off with the Mission E concept and Audi proved that electric SUVs are closer than we thought with the E-Tron Quattro. Now that Tesla has proved people will buy pricey EVs—at least to a point—it seems like everyone wants in on the action. Rolls-Royce is even weighing whether or not to get into the EV game, this according to an Automotive News interview with Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos.

The Rolls-Royce head honcho took a "wait and see" stance on going green. "Suppose we find a battery technology that can offer ranges that are acceptable to our customers.” Yes, what if that happens? “I can definitely imagine a fully electric Rolls-Royce." That’s not a bold statement but it’s also not in the automaker’s nature to pioneer anything other than luxury accoutrements. Actually, an electric Rolls already exists, the 102EX shown off at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It had a max range of 124 miles, an 8.0-second 0 to 60 mph time and a limited top speed of 99 mph. Those numbers are pretty bad compared to what we have now from Tesla and others.

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An all-electric Rolls-Royce still sounds like a stretch but a hybrid, especially one that ups performance, seems more realistic. If other automakers take the first step, as they already are, expect the British luxury automaker to fall in line.

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