For all you eco-friendly oligarchs out there, don’t get too excited. For now, at least, the 102EX is just an experiment. Rolls-Royce has decided to see if an electric car can live up to the standards of its highly-discerning clientele before it rolls it out further.
The Phantom is usually decked out with a naturally aspirated 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox. Difficult to better, you might think. But the replacement – a lithium ion battery pack and two electric motors mounted on the rear sub-frame – actually produces even more torque. The 102EX has a maximum power output of 290kW and torque of 800Nm available over a wide band. This compares with 338kW for standard Phantom with maximum torque of 720Nm, delivered at 3,500rpm. What this means is 0-60mph in eight seconds; not quite as quick as the V12, but the torque is delivered in one smooth wave.
Also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric, this isn’t just a concept car but a fully-functioning, drivable car. It’s the company’s intention to test it on a range of stakeholders including owners, enthusiasts, members of the public and the media. So you better get on the list sooner rather than later. The queue starts behind me.
The engine and gearbox have been replaced by two electric motors and the largest battery ever fitted to a road car.
The Experimental Electric can run to a range of up to 125 miles. Re-charging can take between 8-20 hours.
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Rolls’ famous flying lady. On the 102EX it will be made from Makrolon and lit by blue LEDs.
To see more: electricluxury.com
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