Rolls-Royce is not the first marque you'd think of when it comes to environmentally friendly transportation. Its cars are big – often the size of SUVs – and pack ginormous twelve-cylinder engines displacing over six and a half liters. Those upright Parthenon grilles can't be very aerodynamic, either. But the way the wind is blowing these days, Goodwood will have to get with the program sooner or later.

It developed an electric version of the Phantom a couple of years ago called the 102EX and showed it to customers around the world. But people weren't interested, so Rolls-Royce killed the program. Not to be deterred, however, Rolls is now said to be working on a plug-in hybrid that would countermand some of the shortcomings – like range and recharging times – that killed the 102EX.

The technology would apparently be borrowed from parent company BMW which is developing it for the X5 eDrive and allow Rolls-Royce to reduce its carbon footprint and offer a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation to those who don't want to skimp on the luxury and prestige.

Of course we don't know at this point whether the powertrain would be shoehorned into the Ghost or the Phantom, but we'd expect it to come in sedan form long before a coupe or convertible are ever considered – assuming, of course, that an SUV doesn't arrive first.

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      ITT: a ton of dumbasses who don't understand jack **** about car technology, think hybrids tech is only good for saving a few cents on gas, and don't know that mega-rich rolls royce customers like their cars to be silent.
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      The big obstacle with electrification of a vehicle, especially while maintaining the ICE drivetrain is cost. At RR, cost is not an issue- but electric can deliver some things in spades, that has always attracted buyer to the brand- smooth, silent thrust.
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      I like how they show it charging with your garden variety, Home Depot extension cord. For what this thing costs, it should come with a self-reeling, RR branded cable matching the color of your car.
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      Does it make any sense for someone with this amount of wealth to give a damn about efficiency?
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      The stupid... it burns...
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      '_ off you pompous poseurs. Jim
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      In all honesty, I feel this idea would be better served in a bespoke model. Something that isnt a phantom nor a ghost. Similar in concept to the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari models, not in how they're hyper cars, but hybrids designed to be super desirable.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Oil Majors have Cut Back on CAPEX spending = We're at Peak Oil. We're also going to see $130 per barrel oil.
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      Included in the price will be RR truck that follows you around with fresh batteries.
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      Does it come with Grey Poupon?
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      I couldve sworn they said that they were not remotely interested in making a plug in RR. Hey, if you have the money, why not?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally, something for the environmentally conscious oligarch.
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