Rolls-Royce today confirmed the development of 102EX, a one-off, fully electric powered Phantom, to debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, 2011.
The car will tour during 2011, serving as a test bed to gather a bank of research data which will be crucial in informing future decisions on alternative drive-trains for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
‘We have engineered the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment,’ says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce’s CEO.
‘With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drivetrains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future.’
The BMW-owned British brand has been considering an all-electric model for some time. It says a production version is not planned, though the company says the 102EX will act as test bed to gather research that will influence decisions on future models.
The super-green car for the wealthy will be on the road in time for the 2012 Olympics where parent company BMW will be showcasing its ground-breaking electric and environmentally-friendly technology to the world.
The normal Phantom is powered by a 6.75 litre 12-cylinder engine, at least three to four times the size of the engine on a typical family sedan, and consumes about one litre of fuel for ever six kilometres travelled.
Rolls-Royce announced record annual car sales in 2010 – up 171per cent on 2009 and more than double the previous record of 1,212 cars set in 2008. In 2009 the company sold 1,002 cars.