In late February Rolls Royce teased out ahead of the Geneva Motor Show it was developing a one off electric car project to see if its affluent ownership base was interested in green cars. The 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric (EE) has now been more fully revealed, with plans afoot to showcase it for feedback on future electric vehicle development.
The Rolls Royce 102EX Phantom EE replaces the regular 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox with a lithium ion battery pack and two electric motors mounted on the rear sub-frame. These motors are connected to a single speed transmission with integrated differential. Each motor is power rated to 145kW, said Rolls Royce, giving the Phantom EE a maximum power output of 290kW and torque of 800Nm available over a wide band. This compares with 338kW for standard Phantom with maximum torque of 720Nm, delivered at 3,500rpm.
All totaled, it is believed the 102EX can go for a range of up to 200km. 0-60mph will be achieved in under eight seconds (5.7 seconds in standard Phantom), with top speed limited to 160kph. It is also thought the nickel cobalt manganese battery, which holds around 230Wh/kg, is he largest ever fitted to a road car.
Being that this is Rolls Royce, no stone was left unturned in terms of pure luxury. A few of these high end features include an electric charge port displaying the RR logo on a clear window; a leather interior derived from a natural vegetable tanning process “christened Corinova;” a “distinctive aluminised foil weave that lifts the environment of the interior, contrasting sharply with the darker natural leather within;” and induction charging that allows for recharging of the battery without any physical connection.