Rolls-Royce to unveil electric car next month

Feb 20, 2011
A picture supplied by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of the grill of its new electric car, the Phantom 102EX. The first electric-powered Rolls-Royce car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, the luxury vehicle maker announced.

The first electric-powered Rolls-Royce car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, the luxury vehicle maker announced on Sunday.

The one-off Phantom 102EX, to be fully electric-powered, will then go on a global tour taking in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, according to the Goodwood, England-based company.

“We have engineered the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment,” chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said. “With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future.”

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said it wants to test opinions and reactions from owners, enthusiasts, members of the public and the media.

"While there are no plans to develop a production version, as one of the company’s EX models it will serve to begin a dialogue with existing owners and stakeholders, posing as well as answering questions of its audience," the company said said.

These include the car’s ability to deliver an acceptable range between re-charges and to operate in extreme weather conditions, it said.

“I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience,” Muller-Otvos said. “It must be a technology that is right for our customers, our brand and which sets us on a sound footing for a sustainable future.”

Full details of the car's specification are being kept under wraps until its Geneva launch.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a division of German car company BMW and is no longer connected to aero engine maker Rolls-Royce PLC.

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Bob_Kob
not rated yet Feb 20, 2011
Oh so you'll go to your enemies in the middle east but not your allies in australia?
wolfkeeper
not rated yet Feb 20, 2011
Maybe, but aluminium is lighter even than copper for the same conductance.
kaasinees
not rated yet Feb 20, 2011
No they use aluminium isntead of copper. And aluminium has less conductivity so decreases efficiency, but this efficiency is regained by loss of weight and its cheaper.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Feb 20, 2011
Maybe, but aluminium is lighter even than copper for the same conductance.
-And a Volt is lighter than a Rolls but who cares? These guys have gold-plated toilet fixtures. They'd probably just keep the pistons and put Chivas in the tank.

'If ya have to ask how much it costs then ya can't afford it.'
RogerB34
not rated yet Feb 20, 2011
Because the name is Rolls Royce the battery range and durability problem is solved?