The $3m RollsRoyce electricpowered 102EX

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Rolls-Royce Electric Cars

Steve Colquhoun

Rolls-Royce Experimental Electric

2011 102EX Experimental Electric

A made in heaven, or an odd couple for divorce? Not even Rolls-Royce if the arranged nuptials of its ageless the Phantom, and the alternative fuel du jour, a plug-in electric will make it beyond the phase.

Still, though, a honeymoon it will be. The 102EX Electric — as the $3 million, one-off concept is known will spend the next touring most of the company’s markets (but not Australia) to the reactions of customers, media and decision makers to the union of a of unlikely bedfellows.

Even Rolls-Royce firmly vows we when asked if it will put model into production, clear from the time, and effort expended that it dearly love to get some of commitment from its notoriously clientele.

Or, at the very least, a for another direction that hedge the company and its thirsty V12 against the planet’s dwindling oil

The 102EX’s very first is Singapore, and it’s here Drive is among the first in the to get behind the wheel of the electric In total, only 500 people mostly current customers will be asked to drive the car the year-long tour; only a handful of media will be access to the Frankenstein-like creation.

On a typically sticky day in the Asian hub our first glimpse of the 102EX outside a makeshift gallery Rolls-Royce has set up directly adjacent to the bustling seaport.

Piles of containers and a noisy fleet of and cranes form a drab as the object of our curiosity hoves and elegantly into view, in a unique silver-green paintwork took 18 coats to apply and ceramic nano particles lend the car its metallic sheen are to be 8000 times smaller the thickness of a hair.

It’s our lesson in the attention paid to by the UK-based super-luxury manufacturer, set out to create a car that is more simply a test bed for an experimental

There’s also some modern detail inside the with the traditional wooden replaced by aluminised foil, seats made of corinova intentionally show more flaws than traditional The leather look extends to the with thick plates of the replacing luxurious woollen

Outside, the famed Spirit of bonnet emblem is bathed in a blue glow, while a designed power plug the fuel filler cap and can glow colours to denote modes of

But that’s all a sideshow to the main which is the replacement of the Phantom’s 6.75-litre V12 engine with a of 96 batteries under the bonnet, two electric motors inhabit the where the petrol tank to be.

The result is a combined 290kW of and a handy 800Nm of torque, the all available from the moment you firmly on the accelerator (one mashes the pedal in a Roller).

The 2.7-tonne, 5.8-metre long surges forward with an more ridiculous ease its V12-motivated Phantom brother, a fat wave of torque all the way up to the signposted speed limit on one of Singapore’s artery roads.

Sure, not as quick on paper as the Phantom 0 to 100km/h in 8.0 seconds versus 5.7 but it does feel more to both standing and rolling requests.

The unique Rolls-Royce reserve meter shows under brisk acceleration not even tapping half the potential, and you fancy the electric governed 160km/h limit is it a long way short of its true

Absent from all of this is the snarl of a big-block engine, and the rise and fall of a convential transmission. This is a Rolls-Royce, all, but even for owners to the serenity of their own cars almost-total aural deprivation be something quite new.

The electric motors are silent for a barely perceptible whine, and the gear builds momentum in a — if slightly disconcerting linear fashion.

The only real noise, comes from the tyres not entirely unexpected given a car riding on massive 21-inch on coarse chip surfaces the Singapore docks precinct.

nigh on impossible to separate the — which we drove before the 102EX on the same — and the 102EX on ride because the Rolls-Royce suspension that uses airbags of springs is superbly calibrated to cars to produce the trademark that the marque’s owners

The 102EX also maintains an similar weight balance to the with a 640kg battery replacing the engine block at the of the car, and motors replacing the tank at the rear.

Rolls-Royce Electric Cars

Set a fairly out-and-back course and with a car governing our pace — and a team of engineers in the back — there was little to find out how the 102EX fares in But given the air suspension and a tall, body, it’s probably not to cause Ferrari’s engineers any nights.

Range anxiety was not an issue our short time with the although with others to drive the car later in the day we were requested not to run the airconditioner above its setting — somewhat of a as the temperature outside hit 31.5 and the humidity hovered around 80 per

Notwithstanding that the maximum of 200km will probably be achievable by turning off some comforts that some won’t be happy to forgo, the is the most resolved electric car I experienced, because it ticks every box its customers are likely to

Rolls-Royce even has a dignified to recharging, eschewing unsightly in favour of an induction pad that under the car and received a wireless of electricity from a loop in the customer’s garage floor.

The already has a head-start on other vehicle suppliers who are hampered by the costs of building the technology on a small scale, forcing out of the reach of most ordinary

Rolls-Royce customers care of cost; if the car performs to their standards, and has a a tinge of green about it, it could well enough of them to pledge I for this marriage of convenience to be consumated.


Fast facts

Two electric motors mounted on the sub-frame

Power: 290kW

Torque: 800Nm

Transmission: auto with integrated 0-100KM/h: 8.0 seconds approx

Rolls-Royce Electric Cars
Rolls-Royce Electric Cars
Rolls-Royce Electric Cars
Rolls-Royce Electric Cars
Rolls-Royce Electric Cars
Rolls-Royce Electric Cars


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