An unnamed Rolls-Royce company executive has told reporters the luxury manufacturer is planning to build an electric version of its Phantom saloon.
And while the notion of a Phantom EV may seem a little queer, the usual issues associated with electric vehicles – reduced range, extra weight and increased price – would hardly be an issue in a car that is primarily used around town, already features a heavy V12 and costs around half-a-million dollars, leaving the proposition not nearly as far fetched as it seems.
With electric motors and lithium-ion batteries being available almost off the shelf, possibly from parent company BMW, costs may even be cheaper than that of the Phantom’s currently hand-built twelve-cylinder power plant.
Strong on torque, electric motors would also fit well with the Rolls-Royce driving experience while their silent operation would no doubt also suit the demands of VIP passengers.
With no word on timing the Phantom EV is most likely still a few years away, but it’s an interesting idea all the same, and one that is sure to challenge the mindset of brand purists.
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