Rolls-Royce kills the electric Phantom

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 21, 2012

It seems that the world is not prepared for luxury electric vehicles yet as Rolls-Royce just pulled the plug on its electric Phantom. Dubbed 102 EX, this will remain only a concept as none of the current Rolls-Royce customers wants it. Although the 102 EX Concept was quieter, offered a smoother ride and didn’t produce any CO2 emissions, it appears that the wealthy buyers want something else.

Although, the maximum range of 100 miles (160 km) might be a good reason. According to a Rolls-Royce employee, customers that own this type of cars also have private jets and for them a vehicle that offers a range of less than 100 miles is out of the question.

Most of them consider electric cars just another golf cart. So, there was simply no interest for the poor 102 EX a.k.a. electric Phantom. Over 500 people drove the big electric car which carried a 1452-pound battery pack in the place of the engine.

What is more interesting is that Rolls-Royce customers love the V12 petrol engine currently found on the Phantom. The good news is that Torsten Muller-Otvos a.k.a. Rolls-Royce CEO believes that the company needs to look into alternative drivetrains. This hints at a hybrid Rolls-Royce, which could be a solution, offering an EV mode, but also a big V12.

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