SShh! Whisper-quiet Electric Rolls is Coming to Geneva

Rolls-Royce is known for building some of the quietest cars on the road.  Unfortunately for Rolls, however, another carmaker is stealing headlines for its automotive quietness … and it’s not one of Rolls’ usual suspects, like Maybach or Bentley.  No – the ultra-quiet cars in question come from Toyota, Nissan, and Chevrolet, who have been grabbing media attention with their silent-running hybrid electrics models.  Indeed, even highly-respected sources like Scientific American are asking whether these new EVs and hybrids are too quiet to be considered safe around pedestrians.

Clearly, Rolls-Royce needed to act – and act they have!  The company has announced that they’ll be bringing a fully-electric 102EX Phantom to next month’s Geneva Motor Show, to “gather a bank of research data which will be crucial in informing future decisions on alternative drivetrains.”

In other words:  Rolls-Royce wants to see how many they can sell before they commit to building the things … which is fine by me!  If I were in the market for an ultra-smooth, ultra-quiet vehicle to be shuttled around from home to work in (and possibly the opera?  Do rich people go to the opera?) I couldn’t think of a better option than an EV.

Rolls-Royce is expected to release full specifications for their new 102EX Phantom on March 1st.

Source:  Rolls-Royce, via Wired’s Autopia.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.