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Rolls-Royce Considering Hybrid, But EV Plans Scrapped

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/29/2014 Jason Udy

Plans for a fully electric Rolls-Royce have been scrapped. Instead, the automaker will offer hybrid versions of the Phantom and Ghost sedans, Autocar reports. Rolls-Royce is also considering adding an SUV to the lineup.

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Engineering work has already begun on the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, which along with the next-generation Ghost will be available with BMW’s hybrid transmission. After garnering zero customer interest during its world tour, the Rolls-Royce 102EX prototype from the 2011 Geneva auto show was cancelled.

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That car featured a fully electric powertrain, which included a 145-Kw electric motor and a 71-kWh battery pack. The idea of a diesel-powered Phantom was also ill-received by current and potential Rolls-Royce customers, causing the automaker to abandon those plans as well. The diesel engine, which was said to be “effectively inaudible” with “impressive” torque production, would have helped the automaker improve overall fleet CO2 emissions.

Rolls-Royce has also begun sketch work on an SUV, though translating the automaker’s signature design to an SUV body style is said to be difficult. “However, the most recent design work is showing great promise,” a source told Autocar. The project hasn’t been approved yet by the main BMW board.

Source: Autocar

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