The Electric Rolls Royce is being tested out across the country by 500 existing Rolls Royce owners to see how it compares with other models, and then consider whether to put this model into full production.
The new Electric Rolls Royce Phantom weighs in at a hefty 2.7 tonnes, but is remarkably silent with the ability to pull away effortlessly. The only noise that can be heard is the tyres, but even this is almost inaudible thanks to the insulated interior. The soft, hand-stitched brown leather seats add to the luxurious feel of the Rolls Royce.
Under the bonnet is the biggest battery pack ever to be fitted in an electric car, giving it 125 miles of travel. Although it is an electric engine power has not been limited as it can do up to 100mph, doing 0-60mph in about 8 seconds! Still pretty impressive, especially when it is such a large car, my little Peugeot 206 doesn’t do anywhere near that.
However, speed may not be an issue for most Rolls Royce owners, neither would a range of 125 miles, there are very few occasions that most Rolls Royce occupants would have to travel that far. Others may want an Electric Rolls Royce simply because they want to add it to their current collection, others may want it for the green credentials of the car, giving them a more environmentally friendly appearance. Some may actually just fall in love with the car itself, for the quiet drive, with a smooth acceleration thanks to the constant torque of the electric motor.
Rolls Royce has no prediction to what the outcome of the trial will be, which is why they have given 500 current Rolls Royce owners a taster of what cars could be like in the future. If you don’t care about what is under the bonnet then there is no reason why you shouldn’t choose this version of the Phantom over the other. The comparisons are minute, but life is made a little bit easier with the electric induction plate that is built into the owner’s garage floor. This in theory works fine, but if you don’t have a garage then you will have to plug the car in. The induction plate is a great idea, although it does lose 8 of electricity compared to plugging it in, which loses a bit of it’s eco-friendly appeal.
Another big turning point in whether you buy the new Electric Rolls Royce or not is the price! There is no set cost at the minute, but Chief Executive Torsten Muller-Otvos says, “if you look at electric cars today and at what their price increase is, it’s 50 – often more than 50 – and some of them are 100 more expensive.”
This is suggestive that the new Rolls Royce could set you back a cool £600,000, a stumbling block for the majority of us, but if you have a Rolls Royce already, I am pretty sure money is not a massive issue for you. If demand is high enough then the Phantom could be rolled out within the next couple of years. Modifying the car is relatively simple as the battery packs fits into the engine compartment and the electric motor goes where the petrol tank sits in the standard model.
If cars with combustion engines are banned from city centres, as proposed by the European Union last week, this could increase the chances of there being a big enough market for the new Rolls Royce. Let’s wait and see what develops!