• Apr 4th 2011 at 6:50PM
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Rolls Royce 102EX – Click above to watch video after the jump

For the first time since building its experimental electric-powered Phantom, Rolls Royce has relinquished the 102EX's keys to someone from outside of the company. Automobile's Ben Oliver was not only afforded the opportunity to pilot the 2.7 ton hand-built beast of luxurious bliss, he somehow managed to persuade them to let him drive it close to its declared 125-mile range around Lake Geneva.

With the opportunity for spectacular failure hanging in the air like a sweet ripened fruit and a fretting group of engineers in a pursuit vehicle, the journo put the bespoke behemoth through its paces along waters edge, deaf to any pleas to slow down. Oliver wasn't hooning the great Atlantic Chrome-painted whale, keeping to the speed limit and (mostly) pulling away from stops at a measured pace.

The verdict upon bringing the 71 kWh battery over three quarters of the way to empty? Build it. While this electric configuration might offer a hair less power than the usual V12, it also offers a noise and vibration-free ride that fits perfectly with the Rolls Royce luxury image. The company isn't likely to base any production decisions in press reviews alone, preferring to wait on reactions from prospective and existing customers that it plans on having try out this little experiment over the next year. Hit the jump for an RR video discussing the car and plans for it over the coming year.

[Source: Automobile]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I suspect that they've already got several requests for it. It's very likely that they built this experimental prototype precisely because of comments and requests from their customers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      71kWH! You could run a small community with that much juice!

      RR's are limos which means long range runs are the norm. Electric's the future but this mission isn't suited to it... unless you had a nice boxer 4-banger genset under the trunk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @EV nerd Gene

        The trip around Lake Geneva was 112 miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "71kWH! You could run a small community with that much juice! "

        @33.4 kw-hr / gallon equivalent - equals about 2.125 gallons of petrol.
        Sure, electric is more efficient

        Article didn't mention how many miles around Lake Geneva.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not at all, most limousines travel only relatively short trips, Hotel-airport, not many limousines travel much further than 200 klm. Most of these cars never leave the city.

        I believe there are already 7 orders from Hong Kong.

        In the UK, several Funeral Directors have expressed interest as the perfect Hearse and Grieving coach.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "71kWH! You could run a small community with that much juice!"

        You should see how much the *house* of a prospective owner consumes then. That's nothing. You might be able to run all the emergency lights for 24 hours with that much power.

        Either way, one fill-up would cost me only $6.25. If I went from 0% to 100% SOC *every day* it would cost $187 a month. My monthly electric bill is over $100 in the winter (electric heat).

        So yeah.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, if you want the ultimate in luxury then electric really is the way to go since it eliminates the noise, vibration, and smell associated with an ICE. The only thing that you sacrifice is range and refuel time. But they can afford a second car for that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      video or it didn't happen
        • 4 Years Ago
        and yes it fits Rolls well. after all electric drive is much more elegant. but for a Rolls I think they want to add a smooth running little ICE somewhere as a range extender just in case. the Rolls clientele is likely not one who likes the risk of inconvenience. so REEV is a good fit.
        and for next time there is no shame in reducing the weight a bit. make it sophisticated instead of decadent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks that this car is ugly? Most Rolls Royce cars are ugly, but still.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like a crappy Chinese knock-off 300C, but look at the size of it and the paint job. In the flesh you will submit.

        For over a decade, Car magazine's sum up ( http://www.parkers.co.uk/gbu/Detail.aspx?deriv=34507 ) has captured the R-R essence in 13 words.
        For: Massive presence. Against: Massive presence. Verdict: Out of my way, little man.
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