“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.”
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvos explains why the electric 100EX Phantom never got made, saying that reviews from potential customers worldwide were too ambivalent.
“We will have to have a zero-emission car in the range in order to meet regulations. We need this by 2025, possibly even sooner for certain markets.”
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Landrover, said at the Geneva Auto Salon that the carmaker plans on developing and producing a pure electric vehicle in the near future. Still, he believes that the hybrid drive will be dominant among upper vehicle classes.
“The scale of Tesla’s battery production, even for its own use as an auto manufacturer, thrusts the company into ‘key player’ status for grid storage.”
Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas believes that Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries can revolutionise the energy and EV market, if they can be sold at a price customers can afford. Something that could in fact become a reality once the carmaker’s planned ‘gigafactory’ opens its doors.