The BMW Group has an ambitious plan for electric launches for the coming years: according to the German manufacturer’s schedule, by 2023, it will have a total of twelve vehicles of this type, sold both under its brand and under the British brand MINI. However, at the moment, there are no details of the electrification plans of the third company in the group, Rolls-Royce.
According to the executive director of the luxury brand, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce is already working on its first electric car, which will not be derived from its thermal models Ghost, Wraith, Dawn, or Phantom. Instead, it will be a dedicated vehicle, although it could use its combustion brothers.
The manager also confirmed that the company has no interest in the development of plug-in hybrids: its transition to electric mobility will not be gradual, starting directly with a 100% electric model. Although the brand claims that its customers do not demand cars of this type, the restrictions on circulation that are appearing in the main cities of the world will probably change this situation in the short term.
Interestingly, according to company reports, electric cars are not well suited to their customers lifestyles. The manufacturer believes that pulling out a charging cable and connecting the vehicle to the network does not fit with the Rolls-Royce experience. This could mean that electric Rolls-Royces will feature induction charging, a technology BMW has been working on for some time.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös affirms that the brand’s first electric model will arrive “throughout this decade,” an unspecific date. However, if we had to bet, we would put the date around the year 2026, by which time BMW probably already has its solid electrolyte batteries developed with Solid Power ready.