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Rolls-Royce gives up on electric, diesel models in favor of hybrid

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Rolls-Royce 102EX

Rolls-Royce is not what you might characterize as one of the greenest automakers on the market. Its vehicles tend to be rather large, saddled with lots of plush leather, thick carpets and wood trim, and powered by twelve-cylinder engines in excess of six and a half liters. But that doesn’t mean that the stoic British automaker isn’t trying to clean up its act, even if its customers haven’t responded in kind.

Rolls did not receive a single order for the all-electric Phantom.

A few years ago, Rolls-Royce showcased an all-electric Phantom prototype called the 102EX (pictured above) and sent it on a global tour to demonstrate to customers around the world. But in speaking to company representatives, Autocar reports that Rolls did not receive a single order for such a vehicle. Nor did customers respond favorably to the idea of a diesel Rolls-Royce. Prospective and existing clients exhibited “significant hostility” towards the idea, despite a diesel prototype that was “effectively inaudible” in comparison to the existing gasoline models while delivering torque-driven performance which the company characterized as “impressive” while significantly reducing carbon emissions. As a result, the diesel project was killed off just like the electric one.

That doesn’t mean that Rolls-Royce is giving up, though. In the wake of the diesel and electric projects, Goodwood is reportedly proceeding with a hybrid powertrain borrowed from parent company BMW, which offers a wide array of hybrids including versions of 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series sedans, the X6 crossover and the i3 and i8 PHEVs.

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