Rolls Royce has revealed that a future Phantom will be fully electric

The quintessential British brand is skipping hybridisation

2y ago


The Rolls-Royce Phantom stands alone as the epitome of luxury in the car world, peering down at the second-class citizens that are the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. After revealing a new age Phantom earlier this year that still sports the brands sumptuously powerful V12 powertrain, Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has revealed to Autocar that an EV version will be next in the production line.

“We will go full electric, we don’t do any interim steps. Emissions-free is emissions-free.”


Although Rolls-Royce customers apparently aren't hankering after an all-electric model just yet, it won't be long until government legislation makes the likes of the Phantom's V12 completely obsolete (especially in Asia).

When questioned as to whether the Phantom would also be autonomous, the CEO emphasised that Rolls wouldn't opt for BMW's semi-autonomous CoPilot system, instead opting for full automation to provide the most relaxing travel possible. Rolls-Royce won't be rushed into the decision however, stating that they will take on the technology "when it is advanced enough that it is a real effortless experience for customers…not needing to keep your finger on the steering wheel”.

This move should see the brand immediately leap to the top of the luxury EV sector, surpassing any products from Tesla, Mercedes or Jaguar. And if the Phantom wasn't the quietest and most relaxing way to get around already, an EV version will certainly fit the bill.

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Comments (13)

  • So the loudest thing will no longer be the clock ticking, it'll be the driver doing maths and suffering range anxiety.

      2 years ago
    • wireless charging lanes. interesting topic

        2 years ago
    • Where is the grid capacity to make this pipe-dream a reality coming from? How do we apportion fair consumption-based charges while keeping the whole thing from turning into just another Big Data slurp or a surveillance device of the state?...

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  • I have to reluctantly admit that I can see the sense of an RR EV whereas the idea of a Porsche 911 EV thoroughly offends me.

      2 years ago
  • Good idea, but how much will it weigh (over and above its already-might weight) with all those batteries?

    Would make a seriously big hole in something if that automation went wrong.....

      2 years ago
  • Good for them.

      2 years ago
  • Very exciting. Can't wait!

      2 years ago