Electrified Rolls Royce – the Phantom 102EX image

Realizing that the V12 engine’s days maybe numbered due to fuel-economy and exhaust-emissions pressures, Rolls-Royce mounted an exploratory visit to a probable future in which guzzling cylinders are superseded by electric propulsion.

Using a Phantom limousine as their guinea pig, Rolls engineers replaced every bit of combustion-related gear with proven electrical systems, wisely avoiding the temptation to reinvent the electric car.

The resulting Phantom 102EX, or Experimental Electric (EE), is a different type of hybrid: an amalgam of classic poise and electric pleasure. Endowed with deep reserves of instantaneous torque, the Rolls EE answers every prod of the accelerator with a regal rush for¬ward. Like the original Phantom, the electric edition effortlessly wafts along in near silence. Consistent with the Rolls-Royce ethos, the EE’s soothing white noise is equal measures of tire hiss, wind
ruffle, and humming electronics.

Plug to Play
In place of a fuel-filler pipe, the EE has a standard European electrical connector for recharging the battery pack. Color LEDs report electrical status-flashing blue during charging, green when the battery is full of electricity, and red if an electrical anomaly arises. These colors advisories in a console mounted display.

TWIN TORQUERS
A pair of UOM water-cooled electric motors provides a combined 389 horsepower and 590 pound- feet of torque delivered through a single-speed Xtrac transaxle. Colorado- based UOM Technologies has a 35-year history of advanced electric-motor manufacturing.

OCEAN SPRAY
Ceramic nanoparticles in the Phantom EE’s paint add sparkle. To achieve that foot-deep wet look, four coats of Atlantic Chrome base coat were topped with multiple clear coats.

CHARGE OF THE HEAVY BRIGADE
An experimental inductive system provides convenient non-contact battery recharging. Parking the car over a floor pad magnetically couples a corresponding electrical surface on the car’s underside.

BATTERIES ARE INCLUDED
The 71-kWh lithium-ion battery pack mimics the size and shape of the gasoline-powered Phantom’s 6.7-liter V-12 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. This record-size pack weighs 1411 pounds, more that twice the Nissan Leaf battery pack’s weight – and delivers 850 Amps at 338 volts.
The battery was assembled by Axeon in Scothland using 96 prismatic cells manufactured by Don KoKam in Korea.

FINE FURNISHINGS
Seton Company, an American- based tannery, supplied the EE’s experimental leather upholstery and flooring. Instead of the usual environmentally troublesome chromium salts, Seton used vegetable-based tanning materials and christened the final product Corinova.
Chestnut extract and crushed tara-bush fruit were used in the drum-dyeing process. Interior surfaces are trimmed with woven aluminized glass and aluminum-foil materials rather than the usual lavish wood paneling.

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