February 21, 2011
Rolls-Royce Announces Electric Car Concept
Rolls-Royce will be taking a bold step into the future of automobile technology when the venerable car maker shows off its first electric-powered vehicle at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1 of this year.
Named the Phantom 102EX and expected to be fully electric-powered, the Rolls-Royce will then go on a global tour through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, the England-based company tells AFP.
We have engineered the world's first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment," said CEO Torsten Mller-Ã—tvös, speaking to USA Today from the company's headquarters in Goodwood, England.
"While there are no plans to develop a production version, as one of the company's EX models it will serve to begin a dialogue with existing owners and stakeholders, posing as well as answering questions of its audience," Rolls-Royce said.
These include the car's ability to deliver an acceptable range between re-charges and to operate in extreme weather conditions. I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience," Mller-Ã—tvös said, "It must be a technology that is right for our customers, our brand and which sets us on a sound footing for a sustainable future."
Further details of the concept's specification are being kept secret until its Geneva launch. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a division of German car company BMW and is no longer connected to aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce PLC.
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