Why would a company create a functioning electric car, only to announce they’ll never build it? You’d have to ask Rolls-Royce, as they have done just that with an all-electric version of their Rolls-Royce Phantom. Based on the Phantom ultra-luxury car, which was originally equipped with a V12 engine, window curtains, dining tables in the back, suicide doors, brisk acceleration, and much more, Rolls-Royce executives has stated this car will never see production…but that doesn’t make it any less cool.
This silent, smooth, prominent, and ultra-high end electric Rolls-Royce had many in awe back when it debuted at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, and Rolls trotted the car back out recently to show off a new innovation; wireless charging. It is equipped with a 74 kWh battery bank (large enough to power 24 average American homes for one hour) that can be charged wirelessly with a Qualcomm system. Range is said to be around 120 miles, or about 200 kilometers, depending on how aggressively you drive.
Powering this 3.5 ton road behemoth is a 389 HP electric motor that generates 589 foot-pounds of torque, which is 59 ft-lbs more torque than the 6.8 liter V12 it was originally equipped with. That is enough torque to allow this huge luxury car to accelerate from 0-60 mphy mph in less than 8 seconds, which isn’t terribly fast compared to most cars. However, given the size of the Rolls Royce Phantom, that is downright respectable.
While a huge electric luxury car isn’t on everybody’s wish list, it’s nice to know it exists as a mobile test bed for a company better known for traditionalism than cutting-edge innovation. The wireless charging aspect is especially important, as this appears to be the direction many EV makers are taking. While Rolls is adamant this all-electric Phantom will never make it into production, perhaps one day a luxury EV of this magnitude might be worth making. After all, other luxury automakers, including Mercedes-Benz and Audi, are producing pure electric flagships of their own. So why not Rolls Royce as well?