$1 mil­lion for a bat­tery Roller

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ROLLS-ROYCE is also go­ing al­l­elec­tric with its Phan­tom flag­ship. The $1 mil­lion-plus lux­ury limou­sine is the lat­est mem­ber of the BMW fam­ily — BMW owns Rolls-Royce and Mini — to get a bat­tery con­ver­sion, fol­low­ing the Mini E and BMW’s Ac­tiveE, based on the 1-Se­ries.

The Phan­tom is called the 102EX and, fol­low­ing a pre­view at the Geneva Mo­tor Show next week, will tour the world to test the sales po­ten­tial of a bat­tery-pow­ered Roll­sRoyce.

‘‘We have en­gi­neered the world’s first bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle for the ul­tra-lux­ury seg­ment,’’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Torsten Muller-Otvos says. ‘‘With this ve­hi­cle, we be­gin an ex­plo­ration into al­ter­na­tive driv­e­trains, seek­ing clar­ity on which al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies may be suit­able to drive Rolls-Royce mo­tor cars of the fu­ture.’’

But Rolls-Royce is not mak­ing any pro­duc­tion com­mit­ment.

‘‘I must be con­vinced that any al­ter­na­tive drive-train we choose for the fu­ture de­liv­ers an au­then­tic Rolls-Royce ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ MullerOtvos says. ‘‘It must be a tech­nol­ogy that is right for our cus­tomers, our brand and which sets us on a sound foot­ing for a sus­tain­able fu­ture.’’

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