Early feedback on the new Rolls-Royce electric concept car shows that drivers like the power and quiet performance but consider driving range to be an issue. Known as the 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric, the new prototype incorporates a massive high-energy battery and offers a range of more than 120 miles. But it still may not be enough for the ultra-luxury segment addressed by the company. Design News Reported that:
UQM was recently awarded a $3 million grant from the U. S. Department of Energy that leverages the company’s extensive experience in electric propulsion technology to explore the development of non-rare-earth magnet motor technology. The impact of such technology could lead to a broadening of UQM’s product portfolio with products that have higher performance at lower cost. In addition to powering the CODA all-electric sedan, UQM PowerPhase® electric propulsion systems have been selected to power the Saab 9-3 ePower, Audi A-1 etron and Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom pre-production test fleet vehicles. UQM is also powering Proterra’s electric composite transit buses, as well as Electric Vehicles International’s all-electric medium-duty truck and walk-in van. The company has a new facility with 40,000 units of annual production capacity.
BBC motoring writer Jorn Madslien is one of the first people outside Rolls-Royce to have driven the company’s newly built electric car. So, is it any good?
The silence is, if not deafening, then at least spine-tingling as the 2.7 tonne Rolls-Royce Phantom effortlessly takes off down the drive of the carmaker’s Goodwood factory. The only sound is a slight tyre noise, and even that is barely audible inside the luxury car’s insulated cabin. Seated deep in the soft, hand-stitched leather seat, accelerating along narrow Sussex country lanes, the car feels marginally less stable than the conventional Phantom, especially as it conquers the bendy road beyond East Lavington towards Duncton.