The British carmaker Rolls-Royce works to an all-electric model: the Rolls-Royce 102EX also known as Phantom EE (Experimental Electric), just presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The prototype created on basis of the huge Phantom, a car with a wheelbase of 5.8 meters and over 3 and a half of wheelbase and driven by a powerful V12, will be for now, more as a test by the virtue of being the first car in this category with electric propulsion.
Phantom EE is a concept that, instead of the 6.75 liter V12 uses two electric motors each of 145 kW (197 hp) that offer a combined power of 290 kW (394 hp) and maximum torque of 800 Nm. This power unit, powered by a rechargeable lithium-nickel-cobalt-manganese-oxide by 230 Wh/kg would allow a range of 200 km, as well as a top speed of 160 km/h (limited) and a sprint on 0 – 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds.
Rolls-Royce 102EX has been considered the first application of the electric car of super luxury category and it is also the first example of using a battery of such great size and weight (640 kg). Will Reliability and quality meet customer expectations? All questions that the 102EX try to give an answer: by end of year.
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