Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed the brand will offer models with plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed the brand will offer models with plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Speaking at the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show, Müller-Ötvös told Auto Express plug-in hybrids will "be essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions."

Despite embracing hybrids, Müller-Ötvös said there are no plans for electric vehicles. As he explained, customers were "ambivalent" when shown the 102EX prototype which featured a 71 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors that produced a combined maximum output of 389 bhp (290 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. The executive went on to say "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.”

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