VehicleTrend Morning Post: Rolls-Royce & full electric cars, Ford PHEV, BMW

2018-05-15  |  By Faye  |  In news

1. Rolls-Royce to shift to full electric cars by 2040
Rolls-Royce, an ultra-luxury car brand owned by BMW, which currently merely offers 12-cylinder petrol engines in its cars, will produce solely electric cars by 2040 to ditch car models driven by internal combustion engine electric. CEO Torsten Müller-Otvos of Rolls-Royce states that:”We will definitely offer 12-cylinder engines as long as we can, as long as it is legally allowed to offer them.”The company aims to introduce its first electric vehicle within the next 10 years. Rolls-Royce indicates that its shift to battery power is to comply with changes in international rules rather than environmental concerns.

2. Ford to test Transit Custom PHEV in Spain
Ford will expand trials of plug-in hybrid van in Valencia, Spain. The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity. Ford spends 11 billion dollars to introduce 40 new electric vehicles by 2022, including 16 pure battery-electric vehicles.

3. BMW gains self-driving road test license in Shanghai
BMW receives two license plates for self-driving vehicles granted by Shanghai municipal government on May 14, becoming the first foreign automaker that is permitted to test its self-driving vehicles in China. Two BMW 7series luxury sedans, to be tested on the road, have been upgraded in line with China’s road conditions with sound technical solutions in the perception, decision-making, control and system safety mechanisms of self-driving system.

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