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The Electric Rolls-Royce Isn’t But It’s Good Enough For Now

tough to know how to review a car the people who make it say it will go to production. Ever. Don’t ask.

For one thing, the floors on the Phantom Experimental Electric car 102 EX) are totally flat and covered in leather. It’s a vastly feel than the inch-thick rugs you expect when into, say, a Ghost, and a bit of a But does flooring really in an electric vehicle that never see the light of day in a showroom?

another quandary: The 102 EX doesn’t hill-assist brakes, which so cars have these that it’s noticeable one doesn’t. It’s certainly not a big for a company with customers who themselves on noting and appreciating the details of luxury, my guess is it may be considered a sacrifice to go without And in this echelon, any perception of is sacrilegious.

One more nitpick: The burled veneers that line the Phantom like the walls of a library have been with an “aluminum foil that looks like carbon fiber (it’s not fiber). The reason for it, Rolls “is to challenge traditional perceptions of might constitute a Rolls-Royce design scheme.” It’s a I’m not sure I want to take–and I’m not the billionaires of the world will to, either. Aren’t most scions and magnates creatures of


At this point at least, all irrelevant. The important thing is such a venerable brand is with the idea of making an vehicle and committed enough to something beyond a shell of a car. That alone is

But I’m still going to harp on the First and foremost, thank the 102 EX still has its looks. The Phantom-based is as handsome as ever, especially so to the unique red RR badges and markolon of Ecstasy on the hood. (The glows in LED blue at night.) It is in Atlantic Chrome; the interior is tanned with 100-percent oils and then dyed in barrels. An elegant steering the width of a candle stick the “two-fingered-steering” attitude Rolls decades ago.

The front feel reassuringly like arm chairs, and the back seats are rounded at the corners. In keeping Rolls-Royce taste, the power on the dashboard are analogue dials than digitized elements a la the LEAF or Chevrolet Volt.

During my limited drive yesterday on Manhattan’s West Highway, the 102 EX performed much you’d expect a 6,680-pound to perform after switching a 6.8-liter, V12 engine to a 290-kW ion battery and two rear electric Acceleration along the single-speed was smooth, if slowish (Rolls it’ll do 0-60mph in 8 seconds–that may be the regenerative braking thankfully was softer than similar in other electric vehicles 150 kW MINI E, for one).

Rolls the driving range of the car is roughly 200 while charging time is hours at a special three-stage That’s a long time, but not given the magnitude of that 290 By comparison, it takes 20-90 hours to power an average for a day; the motor and battery in the Nissan LEAF produce 80 kW of

The car runs silently but still plenty of space from nearby. After all, a Rolls-Royce is always a scene.

Dungey, the 102 EX project manager who has it in multiple countries this says she has yet to see the car dinged. Rather, will wave it in front of in traffic so they can admire the Even the famously aggressive in Westminster, England, avoided the paint.

They were too busy admiring the car.

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The line for this vehicle? a worthy tribute to a company to work away from dependence. In fact, Rolls the idea of making a hybrid of its car because it didn’t want to a half-step between relying on and full-bore electrification.

“We would have always Dungey says.

And Rolls is listening to what owners say its traveling testbed of technology. why the brand discarded any notion of a diesel-powered car–customers adamantly it.

The underlying question to all of this is or not buyers of super premium will choose anything an electric drive system. open to it, the folks at Rolls But it must be perfect.

If electrification in any way the performance, practicality, aesthetic or of the car, it will immediately face.

Tesla’s Elon told me much the same designing his all-electric Model S

“You want people to buy the car it is the best car,” he says. don’t want them I’m going to accept something because it’s electric.”

It’s sage advice. the 102 EX, Rolls-Royce isn’t there but it’s moving in the right

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