AN ICONIC British car firm is one of several companies discontinuing the production of all diesel and petrol motors.
The extremely popular car giant Rolls-Royce said they will start to phase out all of their models that run off fuel by 2030.
It comes as Rishi Sunak announced he is putting the brakes on the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars and pushing the deadline back to 2035.
He promised a “better, more proportionate way” of reaching Net Zero that did not punish hard-pressed families.
Rolls Royce was founded in 1904 and built its reputation on the quiet grace of the powerful V12 engine.
But motor bosses decided to trigger the biggest shake up in the firm’s history after more than a century of engineering at the prestigious brand.
CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said in September 2021 that the change heralds the dawn of a cleaner era.
He said: “Today is the most significant day in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 4th May, 1904.
“I am proud to announce that Rolls-Royce is to begin the on-road testing programme for an extraordinary new product that will elevate the global all-electric car revolution and create the first – and finest – super-luxury product of its type.
“With this new product we set out our credentials for the full electrification of our entire product portfolio by 2030.
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“By then, Rolls-Royce will no longer be in the business of producing or selling any internal combustion engine products.”
The Spectre is Rolls-Royce’s first foray into electrification and the 100 per cent electric two-door limo is on sale from £330,000.
However, Royce noted that the electric car would not become widely adopted until a comprehensive charging network was in place.
Last week, Mr Sunak declared a “change of direction is needed” to keep the public onside over how to go carbon neutral by the middle of this century.
Speaking from No10 he said: “It should be you, the consumer, who makes that choice, not the Government forcing you to do it.
Insisting he was still committed to the headline 2050 date, he warned it must be done in a “more proportionate way” that does not hurt household budgets.
Mr Sunak, who was forced to bring forward his net zero target delays after a major leak, announced:
- THE 2030 deadline to replace boilers with £10,000 heat pumps will be delayed;
- HANDOUTS to make the switch would be increased to £7,500;
- HOME insulation diktats would be relaxed;
- BONKERS proposals for seven household bins, forced car pooling and taxes on meat and flying would never return.