The Rolls-Royce Phantom is going electric. You'd think that a big, heavy Rolls-Royce would be the last car to be a candidate for electric power. Well, given how many announcements we've made in the last year for electric vehicles, maybe it is. Rolls will show the 102EX, a one-off, fully electric powered Phantom, at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1.
"We have engineered the world's first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment," said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, speaking from the company's headquarters in Goodwood. Unlike other cars, Rolls-Royces are so heavy already that adding hundreds of extra pounds for batteries probably won't matter much to performance. But the car conceivably won't be able to travel far on electric power alone. Rolls plans to send the concept 102EX around the world to gauge customer interest. Rolls will even let customers get behind the wheel. Rolls, for now, is specific: There are no plans to develop a production version.
by Chris Woodyard USA Today February 20, 2011
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