UK-based company Lunaz, which specializes in the restoration and conversion of vintage models to electric, has just started the production phase of the world’s very first “zero-emission” Rolls-Royce electric limousine.
Thirty. This is the planned production for these retrofits based on two venerable aristocratic grannies, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Silver Cloud. The British company hopes to meet the growing demand for prestige cars converted to electricity around the world.
Electric limousine new car will use the technologies developed for the future BMW i7.
What if the next Rolls-Royce trades its V12 for a series of electric motors? This is what should happen very soon, according to the British publication Autocar.
The Rolls-Royce electric limousine Silent Shadow (BMW registered name at the end of last year) might be a large 100% electric sedan, developed in collaboration with the Munich parent company.
The futuristic 103EX concept car looks much like its styling presented in 2016.
500 kilometers of autonomy and 3 tons!
The Silent Shadow would recover the batteries and engines designed for the upcoming BMW i7 by integrating them into the dedicated platform of the current Phantom.
According to the Autocar source, they will offer propulsion and full versions, with an autonomy objective of at least 500 km, despite a weight of around 3 tonnes.
Once the Silent Shadow is launched, Rolls-Royce’s electric limousine should offer 100% electric engines in the rest of its range, starting with the Cullinan SUV.
Electric limousine battery
It’s not the company’s first attempt at a vintage vehicle. In fact, it is already at the origin of the transplant of a Jaguar XK120 with two electric motors that deliver a rifle of 375 horsepower and 700nm of torque. The Rolls-Royce Phantom V is equipped with a massive 120 kWh battery, promising a range of nearly 500km, according to the company.
Two models concerned
The prestigious 1961 English woman was dressed by Lunaz in a handmade two-tone hue of two shades of gray. The interior has also been “greened” with the use of sustainably produced leather. The Silver Cloud model also goes electric, however with a smaller battery of 80 kW / h, necessarily accompanied by a decrease in the range.
Rolls-Royce new electric car price
Prices start at around 390,000 euros excluding tax for the Silver Cloud model, and 500,000 euros (still excluding tax) for the Phantom V. But I’m not sure that customers, even the wealthy, will one day enjoy these “trendy limousines”.
Like Bentley, Rolls-Royce will gradually abandon the thermal in favor of the electric. Now it’s up to the Silent Shadow to announce itself in the shadows.
While Bentley has spoken at length about its electrified future, the other British ultimate luxury brand has not provided further statements. Only the previous concepts have testified to the wishes of the brand, which is part of the BMW group. However, things are reportedly starting to get hot on the Goodwood premises.
This is what our British colleagues at Autocar claimed in its pages, informed by internal sources. According to them, Rolls-Royce has already put on wheels the first development prototype of an electric Rolls-Royce Phantom. The latter would have even started his first laps of the wheel in Germany, around the stronghold of BMW.
More than 100 kWh of battery!
In the absence of an official statement, it is difficult to predict the plastic of this next electric Rolls-Royce. But it won’t be an electric version of the existing Phantom, and it will take the form of a completely new model. This is what the manufacturer’s registered Silent Shadow badge suggests.
This electric Rolls-Royce will be developed alongside the BMW i7, with which it will share many technical and mechanical elements. However, the battery should be much larger with, according to initial estimates, a capacity of more than 100 kWh that can offer 500 km of range at the very least.
The car is quite amazing high score making, no noise during driving, a high engine performance of around 500 km of autonomy, and 3 tons of weight!. very classy as a Mercedes car.
Prodigious power is provided by a silken 563-hp twin-turbo V-12 paired with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Acceleration is brisk. It has a pothole-spotting camera that makes the suspension adapt to road imperfections in real-time.