Rolls-Royce News

  • Rolls-Royce ACCEL electric speed record attempt airplane

    When most people think of Rolls-Royce, they think of ultra-luxury cars, not airplanes. But a separate Rolls-Royce, spun off of the automaker in 1971, makes aircraft engines. And that company plans to go electric in tackling the world speed record for electric airplanes. To borrow a famous phrase from the automaker, if "horsepower is sufficient." The company has built an all new airplane called ACCEL—"accelerating electrification of flight"—to tackle the speed record attempt sometime in 2020. The ACCEL project is part of a European Commission effort to clean up emissions from air...

  • Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 (103EX) concept
    All-electric Rolls Royce is company's vision for next 100 years

    The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 aims to predict the future of the iconic British brand.

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    Next Rolls-Royce Phantom Cuts Weight, Offers Plug-In Hybrid

    Rolls-Royce is known for many attributes. Luxury. Expense. Cars with performance wryly described as "adequate". Light weight and frugality are two attributes you won't often find in cars assembled by the British luxury marque, though the next-generation Phantom flagship could offer both--by...

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    Rolls-Royce Considers Plug-In Hybrid Luxury Sedan

    In theory, electric power is perfect for Rolls-Royce. What better source of propulsion than a quiet electric motor, for a company that strives for ultimate refinement? In practice though, Rolls-Royce customers weren't keen on the range and charging limitations of the 102EX concept the company...

  • Rolls-Royce Ghost Six Senses Concept
    Rolls-Royce Customers Shun Diesel Engines Like They Did Electric Cars

    Modern diesel-engined cars are quiet, provide lots of torque, get great gas mileage and are much cleaner than diesel engines of yore. Prejudice, however, not to mention some old-fashioned snobbery amongst Rolls-Royce customers, means that the Sprit of Ecstasy is unlikely to throb to the sound of an...

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    Electric Rolls Royce 102EX Back Home After World Tour

    After travelling to points of interest across the world, the Rolls Royce 102EX, or Phantom Experimental Electric, is finally back home. It may not be the most realistic proposition for fans of electric cars, but like Tesla, it represents something of a figurehead for the breed and proves that...

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX, experimental electric prototype, New York City, November 2011

    If you're going to have your very first drive behind the wheel of a Rolls-Royce, what better car than a one-of-a-kind experimental all-electric Phantom? The metallic silver-blue Phantom, given a rare factory experimental designation of 102EX, has been touring the globe to gauge the reactions of roughly 500 Rolls-Royce owners and potential customers to an entirely battery-driven vehicle from the most luxurious marque in the world. We drove it for about 20 minutes in Manhattan this week, blending speeds up to 65 mph on the West Side Highway with the sweeping curves and frequent stops of...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos
    Fancy An Electric Or Hybrid Rolls-Royce? It Might Just Happen

    While Rolls-Royce may have hit the headlines earlier this year with its all-electric 102EX Phantom Concept, its large customer base hasn’t been quite as welcoming. Despite a strong customer ambivalence to anything other than a throbbing 12-cylinder engine underneath the hood of its hand-built...

  • Rolls-Royce 102EX electric prototype undergoing hot weather testing at MIRA1 facility
    Rolls-Royce Prepares Electric Prototype For World Tour

    While we think Rolls-Royce is unlikely to be selling an all-electric Phantom any time soon, the British luxury car maker has been putting its 102EX Electric Phantom through a whole series of tests ahead of a worldwide tour to ensure it behaves in an appropriate manner at all times. One of the most...

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    Why Jeeves Won’t Be Plugging In The Electric Rolls-Royce Any Time Soon

    Rolls-Royce is the epitome of opulent automobiles and the ultimate - if very British - expression of good fortune and taste. But although the British automaker has made an all electric prototype of its iconic Phantom Coupe, it doesn’t plan to bring it into production any time soon...

  • MINI Inspired By Goodwood
    MINI Goes High-End With Goodwood Sub-Brand

    The MINI brand has quite the following and a range of products that can support those looking for something small and fun to high-performance to all-wheel drive. You might be familiar with the John Coopers Works model that designates the highest of high performance MINI models and the history that...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos
    Video: Rolls-Royce 102 EX Phantom Electric, Geneva Motor Show

    An all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom. Just think about it: If the engineers do their jobs properly, the occupants should sense absolutely no difference in the near-silent, creamy smooth surge of power that wafts them from estate to yacht, or factory to mansion. And now we have video, courtesy of...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos

    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...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept live photos
    Green Car Roundup: 2011 Geneva Motor Show - Concept Cars

    If you're in the States, you may be just starting your day. But in Switzerland, the flurry of activity during the first media day at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is at its peak. With record numbers of concept and production-car launches, our team is shooting photos and posting details as fast as they...

  • Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom
    Rolls-Royce Confirms 102EX Electric Phantom Prototype

    Silent cruising in a seemingly impregnable fortress of fine leather, sensuous wood, and hand-built steel and glass is the ultimate goal of hyper-luxury brands like Rolls-Royce. Which means it's not too surprising that the automaker has confirmed the development of an all-electric version of its...

  • M. Allen Swift with his 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Picadilly Roadster
    Cars That Last And Last: Driving The Same One For 77 Years

    We've all heard the stories about people who hang onto their cars for decades. Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is one; he's got more than 2.6 million miles on it now, after buying it new for $4,150. Then there's Rachel Veitch, who at 91 has logged 562,000 miles--and had no fewer than 18 batteries and...

  • 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom
    Want To Waft In Eco-Friendly Fashion? Electric Rolls-Royce May Be On The Way

    If Bentley is all about seamless low-end torque from V-8 engines (or the odd W-12), then Rolls-Royce is about 'wafting'. That's the word used to describe the experience of riding in an utterly silent, totally effortless conveyance that sets one above the common man. Which might, if you think about...

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Hybrid, photographed in New York City, July 2010
    Spy Shots: Top Secret Rolls-Royce Phantom Hybrid Revealed!

    Sometimes, we get the most amazing stuff in our e-mail. Most spy shots show up on our sister site, MotorAuthority.com, but once in a while, sometimes they come directly to us here in green-car-land. Which is how we ended up with these spy shots, taken by a reader on his mobile phone while walking...

  • 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom

    We almost never mention the 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom here on GreenCarReports.com. That's because--at three tons, with 453 horsepower from its 6.7-liter V-12 engine, and an EPA rating of 13 mpg city / 19 mpg highway--it's [ahem] just not that green. Well, Rolls-Royce is looking ahead. Not only into a new century of carbon limits and cities that allow only zero-emission vehicles, but also, in the nearer term, to the 2012 London Olympics. And the latest rumor out of London is that the carmaker that calls itself "the Standard of the World"  will make a small number of all-electric Phantom luxury...

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    Ultra-Luxe Mini Planned With Rolls-Royce Trim, Bespoke Features

    As European manufacturers get more serious about cutting emissions and attacking climate change, some very interesting small, fuel-efficient cars are starting to emerge. The latest news from Europe is that apparently there will be an ultra-luxury version of the Mini Cooper, to be trimmed out at the...

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