Electric RollsRoyce Phantom 102EX Quick Drive

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Electric Rolls-Royce Phantom Quick Drive

Rolls-Royce 102EX, experimental electric New York City, November

If you’re going to have very first drive the wheel of a Rolls-Royce, what car than a one-of-a-kind experimental Phantom?

The metallic silver-blue given a rare factory designation of 102EX, has been the globe to gauge the reactions of 500 Rolls-Royce owners and potential to an entirely battery-driven vehicle the most luxurious marque in the

We drove it for about 20 minutes in this week, blending up to 65 mph on the West Side Highway the sweeping curves and frequent of Riverside Drive.

Handful of hints

Outside, are only a handful of hints to its status: the red lettering in the grille the crystal flying lady and a see-through door for the charging located in the right rear pillar where the petrol is usually found.

Inside, almost entirely Phantom, a couple of small changes to the

So what’s it like to drive?

like any other Phantom, we silent, with adequate to move a very large of car—with a handful of differences.

No creep

First—and most noticeably—its did not program in idle creep, as in any automatic-transmission car. That the driver has to accelerate vigorously modulating the brake with the foot.

Nor was there any hill-hold And we found that on uphill the 3-ton-plus weight of 102EX much wanted to roll

Only flooring the accelerator to get it going again. Once accelerator behavior was fairly

Regenerative braking felt under standard circumstances, not different from an automatic-transmission

The low setting (requested through a chrome button on the steering made the regeneration more but probably not enough for true electric driving. At least, not in traffic.

Rolls Royce Phantom Electric 102EX live

(Though we did find that drivers tend to give the more room. Even paused and waved us by—which happens in New York. Golly.)


Second, according to the 102EX has somewhat slower than a conventional 2012 Phantom.

The car certainly kept up traffic, but it didn’t particularly the instant-torque-from-stop sensation delivered by electric cars. Rather, it momentum—as, our minders said, the Phantom does too, out in second gear.

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It definitely wasn’t the grab you by the of your back and throw you the horizon boost of a Tesla Nor was it the slightly appliance-like sensation of a Leaf.

Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom

Instead, it was quite. Rolls-Royce-like. The car simply proceeded. that it weighed 3 tons, a fairly impressive accomplishment all by

A few odd noises

Third, given the interior hush, we noticed a electromechanical noise coming ahead of the driver’s legs as the car to a stop.

It was, according to electrical and electronics analysis Rupert Kirkham, a pre-charge for the hydraulic braking system.

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He explained to fit the battery pack into the compartment, many of the ancillary and systems had to be moved around the remaining space.

No noise

Without the usual level of from the engine, he said, no noise masking and components that pump that closer to the driver became (Another was the surprisingly noisy parking brake.)

Compared to a Phantom, Kirkham said, are far more aware of tire due to the lack of masking sound by the mechanical bits that removed.

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