Rolls-Royce is showing off an electric version of its ultra successful Phantom at the Geneva Motor Show.
The ‘Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX’ gives a peak into the future of the world’s most famous car manufacturer – shunning gas-guzzling luxury for eco-friendly opulence.
Rolls-Royce has replaced the standard 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and six-speed gearbox with a a lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors mounted on the rear sub-frame.
Each motor develops 145kW which is equivalent to around 194bhp, giving the electric Phantom a theoretical 392bhp – 60bhp less than the petrol-powered model.
This power, delivered in a constant wave, will give the electric Phantom a 0-62mph time of less than eight seconds (Phantom: 5.9s) and a top speed limited to 99mph.
Initial tests show the 102EX should be able to run up to 120 miles between battery charges.
At the moment, the 102EX is a one-off model which Rolls-Royce are serving as a test bed for future research.
The Goodwood-based manufacturer say there are currently no plans to develop a production variant of the 102EX.
However, with modern-day millionaires more and more environmentally conscious, electric power could be the future for the iconic brand.
Source: Rolls-Royce and GT Spirit
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