“We will go full electric, we don’t do any interim steps,” Müller-Ötvös told journalists at the launch of the new car in Switzerland. “Emissions-free is emissions-free.”
Müller-Ötvös admitted that electrification isn’t being demanded by the brand’s well-heeled clients – “I haven’t seen a single cheque landing on my desk saying ‘build me one’” – but will likely be enforced by legislative changes, especially in Asia where the company predicts some cities will soon ban internal combustion completely.
Müller-Ötvös confirmed there will not be a ‘Black Badge’ performance version of the Phantom – “It’s not right for that car” – and that Rolls-Royce has no plans to offer BMW’s semi-autonomous CoPilot system. He said the brand is waiting for more sophisticated ‘hand off’ systems, “when it is advanced enough that it is a real effortless experience for customers…not needing to keep your finger on the steering wheel”.