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Driving the electric Rolls-Royce

Jorn Madslien takes a at the Phantom Experimental Electric


BBC motoring writer Madslien is one of the first people Rolls-Royce to have driven the newly built electric So, is it any good?

The silence is, if not deafening, at least spine-tingling as the 2.7 tonne Phantom effortlessly takes off the drive of the carmaker#039;s Goodwood

The only sound is a slight noise, and even that is audible inside the luxury insulated cabin.

Seated in the soft, hand-stitched leather accelerating along narrow country lanes, the car feels less stable than the Phantom, especially as it conquers the road beyond East towards Duncton.

The battery in the Rolls-Royce is the biggest yet fitted to an car

And once motoring along the between Cocking and Singleton, it is to feel somewhat disconnected the machine in motion and miss the sensation – rather any sound – of the petrol-powered exceptionally quiet V12 engine.

For Autobahn warriors, the electric may even come across as what with its top speed electronically at 100mph (160 – though it accelerates nought to 60mph in about seconds.

Some might grumble about the car#039;s range – estimated at 125 miles on one charge of the biggest yet to be fitted in an electric car.

Why buy it?

So an electric Rolls will not be cup of tea.

But Rolls-Royce owners in many guises.

Some of would never dream of further than 125 miles by for longer journeys they prefer helicopters or private

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Watch: Torsten Muller-Otvos, executive of Rolls-Royce, says he to know if people will buy the Phantom

Others might in love with the marginally silent experience in the back – and the difference really is Or they might enjoy the smoother acceleration delivered by the torque of the electric motor.

are Rolls-Royce customers who buy cars because they can.

of those might well be to add an electric version to their – perhaps in addition to petrol-powered version, or versions.

And there are those who adore and who would want to buy one simply it is a great car, or perhaps it is electric rather than – a virtue that attract new buyers with instincts, or those who simply to cultivate a green image.

Automatic charging

But much of is academic at best, or really more than pure

In truth, Rolls-Royce has no idea its customers might think the car, or whether they like to buy one.

And this is why they have built it.

the next few months, some 500 owners will be invited to the car as the company seeks to find out they might be prepared to Rolls-Royce models powered by other than a large engine.

The electric Rolls-Royce can be in, though users might using an induction plate

inside the car#039;s cabin, are few, if any, reasons why would object.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Experimental Electric, as it is known, is every bit as refined as the version.

In fact, for those owners who do not about the stuff under the it really should make no whether the car is powered by an electric or a petrol engine.

If anything, the version makes life as it comes with an electric plate that is built the owner#039;s garage floor.

over it and the battery will be recharged – though 8% of of the electricity will be wasted in the of convenience when compared physically plugging it into a

Pricey modification

When all is and done, however, the inescapable is simple: the electric and petrol of the Rolls-Royce Phantom are pretty indistinguishable.

Except, that is, regards to price.

The experimental car may to be an efficient marketing vehicle for

Rolls-Royce do not know how much the car cost if they were to put it production, though chief Torsten Muller-Otvos points out electric cars that are for sale come with large price premiums.

If you look at electric cars and at what their price is, it#039;s 50% – often than 50% – and some of are 100% more expensive, he

So take the price of a Phantom and it and the search could well be on for prepared to cough up something in the of ВЈ600,000 ($960,000).

Attention-grabbing car

buyers exist, of course.

there are those who would the electric car, not in spite of but it is more expensive than its cousin, whilst others have no interest in the price

If it turns out there is enough for the car, it could be ready for in a couple of years, Mr Muller-Otvos

The battery pack fits into the engine compartment and the motor goes where the tank sits in the conventional so modifying the existing Phantom is not a complex challenge.

But whether the stack up is another matter

I need to make sure we invest in an alternative drive that at the end of the day it finds customers and we see a return on that business, Mr Muller-Otvos.

The best chance for a enough market for an electric to emerge is probably regulatory

In the meantime, the attention-grabbing electric might earn its spurs as an marketing vehicle that the sales of its gas-guzzling cousin.

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