One of the hallmarks of Rolls-Royce's brilliant cars is their drivetrains. Simply starting a Rolls-Royce Phantom's engine is an event in itself. It turns into life with no more than a whirr. One of the reasons for the engineering to create this seamless transition from off to on is to isolate the driver from the unsavoury sounds of mechanical mass reciprocating.
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If you could remove that sound altogether, then the quietness normally associated with a Rolls-Royce would be even greater. One way to achieve this priceless silence would be - you guessed it - an electric drivetrain.

We've been impressed with both the Phantom and Ghost on previous test drives; their combination of serenity and power is something that keeps Rolls-Royce at the top of the luxury market. So when you think that an electric drivetrain will give you both silence and maximum torque from zero revs, it seems like a perfect fit.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes recently told a UK publication that the company is investigating all alternative fuels and that an electric Rolls would be a good idea.

Mr Mueller-Oetvoes said: "We are not going to make any rash decisions. It would be wrong for the brand and wrong for our customers if we were to take a decision without fully exploring all options."

One would think that with the London Olympics drawing closer, and that Rolls-Royce would want to put its best environmental-foot forward for the world to see, 2012 would be an ideal time for an electric, rechargable Rolls-Royce to debut.

Parent company BMW certainly has the technology and the means.