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CNET was lucky to take Rolls-Royce’s experimental version of its Phantom limousine for a at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Josh Miller/CNET)

Earlier year in Geneva we got a look at the 102EX, an experimental electric car on the Phantom. It wasn’t until the Los Auto Show, though, we actually got to drive it.

When first mentioned it had built an car many months ago, our reaction was wha? The Phantom is a vehicle devoted to excessive It weighs 2.6 tonnes and is powered by a V12.

It seemed like it take all the batteries in the world to one with an electric powertrain.

But in Geneva, Rolls-Royce showed off the and insisted it could drive its own power. As it was confined to the show we had to take Rolls-Royce’s word for it.

The bay is packed with components of the powertrain, but the motors are at the rear

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)


Now we proof that it does work. Rolls-Royce had the car, the one of its kind in the world, sitting at the convention centre. We got behind the adjusted the mirrors and were to go.

As we moved the stalk into the car just sat there, Rolls-Royce disabled its ability to creep. We it a bit of gas and this massive machine forward with the slow of an ocean liner.

Wonder of it could move. And even the electric powertrain made it quietly and smoothly, more so the petrol-powered Phantom. This drive quality is exactly Rolls-Royce engineers have decades trying to engineer cars.

Moving out onto the streets of Los Angeles, we turned the wheel and were treated to the of the 102EX coming around. The power steering system moving the wheel effortless.

When we gave it a bit more the 102EX didn’t baulk, it responded quickly to our call for acceleration. Two 145kW motors, one at rear wheel, combine to a staggering 800Nm of torque, to push the car along comfortably. By way of a V8 Commodore has 530Nm and a normal 720Nm.

In true Rolls-Royce an analog gauge in the instrument showed available power. no throttle, it sits at 100. quite having the room to it to full throttle on these LA we did get the gauge down to 60.

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Using 40 per cent of its available power we had push for quick city

We didn’t think it was possible for a car to be than a regular Phantom.

Josh Miller/CNET)

As with any vehicle, the harder we pushed the the quicker the batteries would We assumed, given the weight of the that full throttle use up all the power of a small town. But our minders said the car has a range of so the 102EX must be well-filled batteries.

Overall battery is rated at 71 kilowatt-hours, apparently the ever applied to an electric

The 102EX has two regeneration modes: and light. We started driving in the (light) mode and the car coasted when we took our foot off the When we pushed the steering button to engage heavy mode while under way was no abrupt slow-down. Rolls-Royce the time to program in a smooth between the two modes.

But once fully engaged, the regenerative mode slowed the car significantly when we lifted off the

While cruising at low speed, we did some slight torque but a Rolls-Royce representative said it was due to bushings that had gone bad the car’s heavy testing. One of the engineers suggested that the amount of torque put more on the bearings than the petrol-engined

But as well as the 102EX drove electric power, Rolls-Royce it will never enter as the company is merely using it to feedback from its customers. The has taken the car around the world, 600 customers in different cities to see if the measures up to what they from a Rolls-Royce.

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