In 10 to 15 years driving around with a V12 petrol engine will be outlawed

January 24th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Bradley Hasemeyer who hosts Translogic profiles the experimental Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Electric Vehicle.

It is good to see Rolls-Royce developing alternative powertrains even if one has to smile at this considerable electric vehicle.

As Rolls-Royce press officer Emily Dungey explains “we are engaging in a conversation with our customers about whether alternative drive trains will be right for Rolls-Royce.”

The 6000 lb. car, with 96 lithium ion battery cells weighing 1500 lbs., has two 145 kW motors, which provide a maximum torque of 800 Newton meters compared to the petrol version, which has a 6.75 litre V12 engine which has a maximum torque of 720 Nm.

The experimental Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom EV with a top speed of 100 mph has a range of about 125 miles and can be fully charged in eight hours.

The car can be charged with a plug or by inductive charging, which delivers 7.5 kW into the batteries.  Inductive charging requires the car to be driven over a charging mat, which can be positioned on the floor of a garage.

Andrew Martin, Head of Engineering, Rolls-Royce, acknowledges that “we can be certain that in 10 to 15 years driving around with a V12 petrol engine will be outlawed.”

“Driving this car has made some of our customers think that there could be a different way of driving a Rolls-Royce other than with a V12 engine.”


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