Rolls-Royce is known for its high-quality materials and craftsmanship, but what about vegan alternatives? Well, it appears that the British marque is ready to meet this demand and has been for an unspecified period of time. Nobody has ordered a vegan-leather Rolls-Royce, according to the company’s CEO.
Vegan leather is currently an option in many brands’ vehicles, while other marques only offer this type of fabric in place of traditional leather. Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce focuses on providing high-quality fabrics that are produced in a sustainable manner.
As Rolls-CEO Royce’s explained in an interview with the British publication Autocar, the company is prepared to respond to customer requests when they decide to abandon their hide. In theory, if all Rolls-Royce customers stopped ordering cars without leather starting tomorrow, the company could transition to leather-free interiors.
Bentley was looking into leatherless options in 2017. At the time, the goal was to see what materials could be used in a luxury-appointed interior without the use of leather. Synthetic materials appeared to be the best solution, but they must be sourced sustainably in order to be viable.
Bentley tried out a material called Vegea, which was a vegan leather made from grape stalks, seeds, and skins.
Volvo’s Swedes developed Nordico, a fabric made from recycled materials, as the company’s proposal for those interested in environmentally friendly vehicle interiors. Mercedes also chose to use recycled materials to create new fabrics and textures for its vehicles’ interiors. Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula One World Champion, requested that the brand offer vegan leather options.
Because Rolls-Royce is part of the BMW Group, which already offers vegan leather options in its vehicles, the British marque has a foundation for such options. Furthermore, we believe that Rolls-Royce can make any material feel luxurious in its interiors, so this is not an issue.
It’ll be interesting to see when the first vegan-ordered Rolls-Royce arrives. This could happen if the brand introduces its first electric vehicles, which could attract new customers to the Goodwood marque.