After the luxury car builders from Germany Audi and Mercedes Benz unveiled their electric super car concepts at the Frankfurt Motor show, it looks like the luxury super car builder Rolls Royce is planning a shocking ride of their own. Apparently back at the Goodwood revival a spokesman for the classic English brand turned German owned coachbuilder has been toying around with the idea of a battery powered Rolls Royce Phantom. The Phantom is one of the unique cars that could actually see some weight savings by replacing the rather large gas burning V12 power plant with a lithium ion battery pack, not that the bulky electric motors would make much of a difference to the current luxury sedan’s nearly three ton curb weight.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics officially unveiled at Frankfurt preview event
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The obvious benefits of an electric car that would fit in perfectly with Rolls Royce’s perfect passenger experience like an almost silent ride, zero emission operation and loads of torque that will be instantaneously available starting at 0 RPM, perfectly suiting the luxury brand’s wafting acceleration. The only problem that we foresee with an all electric Phantom, and is the same for any battery powered vehicle, is how will the German engineers be able to give the large luxury sedan a suitable range due to the weight of the components that are driven by the flow of electrons.

Perhaps Rolls Royce’s parent company, BMW can figure out how to fit the working parts of the new Vision EfficientDynamics Concept underneath the coach built bodywork of a next generation Phantom. Perhaps the answer to an all electric super car is a small displacement diesel engine with its incredible range and efficiency is the ideal solution to keeping the ultra low emissions hybrid luxury vehicle running long after any lithium ion battery would run out.


Source: Auto Express

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  (592) posted on 12.5.2010

Is going to sound geeky, no matter what they do, it is going to sound like any machines from Star Wars.

  (815) posted on 11.25.2010

They definitely took the cats off that vehicle, which is a federal crime, and a crime in so many other ways.

  (406) posted on 02.14.2010

Aren’t they all? I mean aren’t all car manufacturers are looking for new ways to power up their rides without having to burn fuel?

  (428) posted on 02.9.2010

Why not? It doesn’t look that bad and its engine is really useful. If it would be more affordable than other coupes, people will definitely get them one.

  (428) posted on 02.9.2010

It wouldn’t hurt anyways so why not? I mean having an electric car doesn’t only mean that you want to save on gas money but it also means that the owner is concerned with the environment. Electric cars doesn’t emit pollution compared to cars that burns fuel.

Naterade22  (238) posted on 09.25.2009

I don’t think the car would be a striking success based on the wealth of its typical owners. Good thinking about the environment for a bit though Rolls Royce, any change would be nice

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