With U.S. regulators looking at 56 mpg fuel economy standards and their European counterparts talking about 100 mpg, where does a company like Rolls-Royce, making massive metal tanks like the Phantom, fit in?
That’s a question the British marque is desperately trying to answer as it studies response to its battery-car prototype.
A subsidiary of Germany’s BMW — which also faces challenges meeting strict new fuel economy and emissions laws — Rolls has been exploring the seemingly unlikely idea of going electric. Its 102EX Concept made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this year.
Considering the amount of leather and wood, never mind leather and steel, that goes into the typical Rolls-Royce, it may never win an environmental award – though it might take credit for using renewable resources and more earth-friendly methods. The big challenge will be to reduce what comes out of the tailpipe.