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Rolls-Royce 'consider electric car'

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The chief executive of Rolls-Royce has said the company has not ruled out making an electric car.

Torsten Muller-Otvos said the company is considering making cars and vehicles powered by alternate fuels and is currently looking at all options.

The comments offer fresh hope to enthusiasts who dream of owning such a luxury brand as an electric model would more than likely qualify for cheaper car insurance deals.

It comes after speculation over the last two-years that Rolls-Royce was planning an electric car. It was expected that they would unveil such a model at the end of 2010.

However, Mr Muller-Otvos told the BBC: "We are not going to make any rash decisions. It would be wrong for the brand and wrong for our customers if we were to take a decision without fully exploring all options."

His comments came as the luxury car maker more than doubled its annual car sales last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008.

Sales rose significantly in all regions, particularly in Asia Pacific, the US and the Middle East. The US remained the biggest single market for Rolls-Royce in 2010, followed by China and the UK.

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