Rolls-Royce’s electric-powered car
Luxury carmaker RollsRoyce says it’s developed its first electric-powered vehicle, to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland on March 1.
The British company — which is now a division of BMW — will use the one-off Phantom 102EX to see how customers respond to a fully electric-powered car.
It will be taken on a tour of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.
‘‘We have engineered the world’s first battery electric ve- hicle for the ultra-luxury segment,’’ chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos says in a statement released by the company.
‘‘With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive RollsRoyce motor cars of the future.’’
The company wants to ascertain how long the car can drive between recharges and how it operates in extreme weather conditions, but there are no plans yet to develop a production version.
‘‘I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience,’’ Mr Muller-Otvos 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.’’