Rolls-Royce’s elec­tric-pow­ered car

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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.’’

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