Geneva Preview – Rolls Royce 102EX EV Study
The newest addition to the Rolls Royce EX concept series is the 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric. The company will bring it to this year’s Geneva Motor Show to gauge feedback from the automaker’s clientele, shareholders along with the general public to find out if they would like an electric-powered Rolls Royce.
The engineers used the aluminum spaceframe from the Phantom as the foundation of the 102EX and installed not one, but two electric motors (145 kW each) as well as a lithium-ion battery. The latter uses five lithium-cobalt-manganese-oxide “pouch cells” sized at four, eight, ten, thirty-six, and thirty-eight cells in a formation that imitates the shape of a regular engine and transmission.
Charging the 102EX is done by three individual 3kW chargers that permit both single-phase and three-phase charging at 20 hours and 8 hours, respectively. The engineers over at Rolls Royce are also testing induction charging, which uses a big transfer pad located on the floor and an induction pad, installed under the car.
These electric motors offer a combined power of 389 hp (290 kW) and 800 Nm of torque (available instantly) in comparison to the regular Phantom that offers 453 hp (338 kW) and 750 Nm. According to the current estimates made by the automaker, this big EV can do 124 miles (200 km) and is able to reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in less than 8 seconds, onto a limited top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h).
The exterior finish of the Rolls Royce 102EX is finished in four coats of Atlantic Chrome which is a shade of paint that uses ceramic nano particles in order to offer a special reflective surface. The car’s fuel cap has been customized so that it will offer a charging point with LED indicators that can show the current charge status: blue for the initial stage; flashing blue while charging; green when the batteries are fully charged; flashing green when the charging solenoid is removed and red/flashing red when there is a problem in the system.
The aforementioned Atlantic Chrome is also available inside the cabin of the 102EX, where the gauges have been modified in order to offer information about the car’s electric drive train. Rolls Royce also installed a switch in the front center armrest that was designed for controlling charging and also houses a readout that exhibits the 102EX’s charge status.
It wouldn’t be a proper Rolls Royce if it wasn’t dominated by a luxurious feeling. For this reason, they’ve used Corinova leather for the interior that uses a “natural vegetable tanning process” and is entirely chrome-free and instead of using wood, it utilizes aluminized foil weave.
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