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2011 Geneva Motor Show: Rolls-Royce Phantom Electric (VIDEO)

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Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos

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It costs more than most of us earn in a year and comes from a company which only sold 2,711 cars last year, but the Rolls-Royce 102 EX Phantom Experimental Electric unveiled earlier today at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has taken luxury electric vehicles to a whole new level. 

Resplendent with a tan leather interior and hand-stitched detailing, the 102 EX Phantom Experimental Electric promises to provide the upmost in luxury for you (and your chauffeur, naturally).

Gone is the Rolls-Royce Phantom’s 6.75 liter, 453bhp (337kW) V12 Gasoline engine and in its place lies a 71 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack and twin water-cooled motors developing 290 kilowatts (388 bhp) of power.  

 

Power is transmitted from the battery pack to the motors by not one but two high power inverters, situated in the rear of the vehicle.  

Thanks to the way in which electric motors provide near instant torque from standstill, the 102 EX Phantom Experimental Electric enjoys 590 ft-lbs of torque, up from the gasoline Phantom’s 531. 

To quickly charge one of the largest electric car battery packs every used, the 102 EX features a pair of three-phase chargers normally reserved for commercial electric delivery vehicles. 

But that shouldn’t worry the sort of clientele Rolls-Royce is used to selling its cars to. 

Charging one’s electric Rolls at a public level 2 charging station would be just too vulgar: charging at home in the converted coach-house purpose-built three-phase charging station becomes the de rigueur solution. 

Sadly though, Jeeves won’t be polishing the new car any time soon, nor will one be making a trip to The Hamptons in it any time soon. One can dream though, by visiting the 102 EX's  own website at www.electricluxury.com 

 Like its parent group BMW, Rolls-Royce has said the 102 EX will remain a prototype test vehicle to prove the viability of the technology before it makes any commitments to produce a commercial version of the car. 

Then again, when every Rolls-Royce is primarily hand-made, we’re convinced a wealthy client somewhere could twist the luxury car maker’s corporate arm to sneak a few out without anyone noticing.

 

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  1. A car like the Phantom going electric is a big deal for EVs. Also I'm not sure if I missed it in this article but I've heard that Rolls Royce estimates the 102EX's range at 200 km (124 miles) on a single charge.
     
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  2. Oh. They stacked the batteries to mimic the shape of an engine. I guess that was the easiest thing for them to do so they didn't have to retune the suspension. Maybe in the future they can free themselves and consider all sorts of different designs. Stick the batteries in the floor in version 2 guys. If you want to keep the large hood, that's no problem. Just market it as having a big luggage compartment. ...Hell if you don't like that idea stick some kind of ridiculously luxurious item in there a rich person might like. A fridge for drinks maybe, maybe a small wardrobe. ...a gun rack?
    Actually I'm sure that Rolls Royce buyers would appreciated a bigger interior. They could have a second row of seats or fully reclining seats like in an aeroplanes business class.
     
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