Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce will reveal an all-electric version of their iconic Phantom at the Geneva Motor Show. This one-off 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric is not designed for commercialisation but to explore alternative technologies and gather opinions through a series of worldwide trials. Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO, states,
"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."
"I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience."
The trials will take place in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia and aim to test all reliability and quality aspects of the car. Other more electric-specific characteristics will be gauged such as range, recharge ability and capability in extreme weather conditions. Test drivers will have the opportunity to deliver direct feedback to Rolls-Royce.
The prototype is the first venture into all-electric luxury motoring for any car company and follows a series of green projects for the Rolls-Royce conglomerate. The company has developed various electrical power systems including hybrid propulsion systems for naval, merchant, submersible and surface marine vessels. ZEBRA batteries and fuel cell systems are also available for transportation, military and marine applications. The preferred cell of choice is the Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell, which the corporation believes provides the best solution for multiple uses including stationary power generation.
There are sparse specifications currently available about the 102EX; details will be revealed at the Motor Show.
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References: Rolls-Royce, BBC News, GMotors
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