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Rolls-Royces Plans Plug-In Hybrid Phantom in 3 Years

The next-generation Phantom, which will use BMW eDriv, will be priced around £450,000 to reflect the increased cost of this kind of technology

Published: 06-Mar-2014

Despite experimenting with an all-electric concept a few years ago, Rolls-Royce now looks likely to adopt plug-in hybrid technology within the next three years.

Boss of the brand Torsten Müller-Otvos told Auto Express on the firm's Geneva show stand that “It will be essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions”

Explaining why the electric 100EX Phantom never took off, he said “We showed that car to around 100 customers around world, and the reaction we got was ambivalent.” He told us, continuing “A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers – but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem.”

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