Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rolls-Royce customers do not like the electric

Rolls Royce has received a very positive feebback on the 102EX, the prototype of electric Phantom unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The heads of the English house, now owned by BMW, had bound the possible mass production of a similar model only after testing the waters between its wealthy customers in some international events, including the recent Concours d'Elegance of the Villa d 'Este.

The information gathered highlighted problems already known for this type of vehicle: the root node, beyond a willingness to respect the environment, is linked to reduced autonomy, which does not exceed 200 km, thus limiting their use especially in the travel having extra-time charge of between 8 and 20 hours.

They do not seem to worry about performance rather lower than the V12 petrol, thanks to the power of 395 hp and 800 Nm of torque for electric motors and despite a weight of 2720 kg: 100 km / h are achieved in 8 seconds, while top speed is limited to 160 km / h. As reported by LeftLaneNews, Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said here that a plug-in hybrid version would be the best solution to satisfy customers and significantly reduce the environmental impact of vehicles Rolls.

In this case the experience Bmw be very useful: the Ghost could have a hybrid model with the same technology as the "cousin" BMW ActiveHybrid 7, while the Phantom could maintain the electrical architecture of the 102EX with the addition of a Range Extender greatly increase its independence.

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