FRANKFURT -- Rolls-Royce may develop an electric vehicle as tighter regulation on auto emissions pushes even the most elite auto manufacturers to look into battery-powered cars.
"Suppose we find a battery technology that can offer ranges that are acceptable to our customers," Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, head of the BMW Group unit, said in an interview at the Frankfurt auto show. In that case, "I can definitely imagine a fully electric Rolls-Royce."
After previously doubting the viability of electric technology for its cars, Rolls-Royce's new stance reflects increasing pressure on automakers to offer emission-free driving, as cities move to rein in pollution.
So far consumers' response to EVs has been tepid because of limited driving ranges and patchy availability of recharging stations.