RollsRoyce Electric Phantom / 102EX Drive Review Car and Driver

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Experimental / 102EX

As far from the Nissan as electric motoring has ventured.

A Rolls-Royce is the answer to a question no one When a car that Rolls 102EX surfaced at last Geneva auto show. reigned. Offered an opportunity to this radical alternative to propulsion, we took the bait, in of the fact that our drive was for April Fools#x2019; Day#x2014;the moment for jokes and hoaxes, in England.

Without knowing the end would come from outcry, government legislation, or mayors bent on purging combustion from clogged Rolls-Royce#x2019;s top managers realized the end of large-displacement, gas-guzzling, dozen-cylinder would eventually arrive. of waiting for doom to descend, the authorized an engineering team by David Monks to conjure up a alternative to the V-12#x2013;powered Ghosts and delivered last year to well-heeled customers.

Monks and Rolls-Royce chief Andrew Martin acknowledge it was not their intention to reinvent the car. They simply proven electrical components and them into a donor Phantom sedan with disturbance to the production blueprints. help from Lotus (instead of parent BMW), a pack and electrical controllers configured to fit where the 6.7-liter and six-speed ZF automatic normally In the space vacated by the fuel a pair of AC motors was installed with a single-speed transmission to the rear wheels.

No trunk was lost, and the increase in curb was reasonably modest#x2014;at least in the of a nearly three-ton automobile#x2014;at 400 pounds.

Delving deeper into the of materials, I learned that Dow manufactured the 96 prismatic lithium-ion cells in Korea and the Scottish Axeon assembled them a 1411-pound, 338-volt pack provides a 71-kWh energy and a claimed 124 miles of range. reference, a Nissan Leaf pack holds 24 kWh.) UQM supplied the synchronous permanent-magnet delivering a combined 389 hp and 590 lb-ft of to the XTrac transaxle. Another firm#x2014;Seton#x2014;provided the experimental vegetable-tanned trim for the 102EX#x2019;s seats, panel, doors, and floor

During my 30-minute taste on rural roads near the in Goodwood, West Sussex, the electric propulsion system every task asked of it immaculate composure. Like the V-12 edition, the Phantom EE from rest with the grace of a summer breeze. sustained thrust, there was an hint of dynamo hum, but for the part, the drivetrain dialogue was by the hiss of tires on pavement and the of air flowing past the side According to Rolls-Royce measurements, is somewhat less forceful with pistons#x2014;#x201C;under eight to 60 mph versus their 5.7-second for the conventional car.

According to the company, this is equivalent to ferrying an extra or two in the V-12 model.

One instance the electric challenger clearly the incumbent is in a passing maneuver. a dozen cylinders to rouse and six to shuffle, there#x2019;s a moment#x2019;s and a slight hitch when the Phantom changes down to speed in response to a prod of the gas It#x2019;s smooth, but it doesn#x2019;t the seamless surge forward occurs when the electric#x2019;s is floored.

Two levels of regeneration are offered. In the setting, it#x2019;s barely In the setting labeled #x201C;low,#x201D; off the accelerator provides deceleration equivalent to engine braking.

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for feedback related to this my suggestion was to offer much regen#x2014;to facilitate true driving during most in a continuously variable manner by a knob instead of a two-position

The electric motors respond impressive enthusiasm from a because of their ability to maximum torque at minimal Considering the smoothness, operational and overall poise engineered this experimental model, any Rolls-Royce owner would to be extremely cranky to find not to like. From a purely standpoint, this electric is ready for prime time.


Experimental Inside, Too

While were at it, Rolls-Royce engineers this opportunity to try out a few deviations their normal luxurious trim. The experimental Corinova is more natural#x2014;both the processes in its manufacture and in its appearance. This looks and feels like hide, still exhibiting animal creases, a nice and an endearing touch.

It#x2019;s tough enough to serve as covering, although not without scuff marks in areas not with lamb#x2019;s-wool throw

Exterior deviations are quite Naturally, there are no exhaust To highlight the lack of a gas cap, the flap is transparent, showcasing the connection socket and the LEDs glow blue during green when the battery is and red if some electrical issue

In the event a noncontact inductive method is used, a successful is indicated with a violet A second set of indicators is located on the console. The recharge ritual up to eight hours on 220 volts or up to 20 on 110 volts.

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