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TWO CLAS­SIC ROLLS-ROYCE MOD­ELS GET ELEC­TRIC UP­DATES.

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Rolls-Royce has gone back to the fu­ture thanks to Lu­naz, a U.K. au­to­mo­tive com­pany that con­verts clas­sic Bri­tish vehicles into elec­tric ver­sions. Founded in 2018 by David Lorenz, the Sil­ver­stone, Eng­land–based com­pany be­gan with vin­tage Jaguar XK120s and Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tals, and re­cently an­nounced two elec­tric Rolls-Royce mod­els—a 1961 Phan­tom V (which starts at around $657,000) and vin­tage Sil­ver Clouds (be­gin­ning at $450,000). Lim­ited to 30 vehicles, the Roll­sRoyce edi­tions in­clude three mod­els: a four-door limou­sine, a two-door coupé and a drop­head coupé. Power for the Phan­tom V comes from Lu­naz’s 120kWh bat­tery pack, which prom­ises a range of 300 miles. And the in­te­ri­ors come with plenty of mod­ern lux­u­ries, in­clud­ing an in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, a cus­tom­iz­a­ble bar and al­paca-wool floor mats. “The time is right for an elec­tric Rolls-Royce,” Lorenz says of his el­e­gant EVs. “We are an­swer­ing the need to marry beau­ti­ful clas­sic de­sign with the us­abil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of an elec­tric pow­er­train.” In­deed, the Lu­naz cars may be EVs un­der the hood, but those iconic Rolls-Royce ex­te­ri­ors are still a real gas.

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