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Rolls-Royce wants to make an electric Phantom

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by dpeilow, Dec 20, 2008.

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    #2 GSP, Dec 20, 2008
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    I see that our friend JohnnyBimmer in the comment section. He lists his occupation as "internet retailer." Sounds like Kent/Kerry the Bike.

    I really like the idea of an Electric Rolls Royce. It makes perfect sense for all of the reasons mentioned. This would be another step toward a viable EV market, and help pay R&D to improve performance and cost.
     
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    Wired picks up on the story...

    An Electric Rolls-Royce Is Just So Right | Autopia | Wired.com

    The range will be a decider; it needs to be 1000 mile+ A Rolls is something you're driven down to the south of France in... It'll need to be a range extended EV I imagine, but 200 miles in and suddenly the generator starts... 6,000 rpm wailing away somewhere.
     
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    Seems like a darn heavy vehicle to make into an EV to me. Cargo room and range will be sacrificed...or maybe some of the classic luxury. Those cushey seats and wood dash and rugged quiet exterior come at a price...weight.
     
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    My favorite line from the Wired link. There is something seductive about all that luxury being completely silent. I'm definitely hoping it happens.
     
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    With such a heavy vehicle, wonder what the energy use per mile will be? Can any of the limeys estimate from 2p/mile (which is probably based on nothing to begin with).

    They really shouldn't try to market this on cost of operation, but a quiet ride and instant torque.
     
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    Before the days of mandatory MPG ratings and CO2 measurements, Rolls' comment on fuel economy was that if you had to ask then you couldn't afford it.

    Night-time electricity rates in the UK can be 3p/KwH, daytime rates are more like 10p, so 2p/mile is between 200 and 670wH.

    It should be noted that the Daily Mail's commitment to editorial impartiality and accurate scientific reporting is equivalent to what I believe Fox News is like. Advanced critical analysis skills are not required amongst its readership...
     
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    BBC News - Rolls-Royce launches electric car at Geneva motor show

    75kWh battery according to bobbyllew.
     
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    That makes it sound like off the shelf stuff. I wonder who the vendors are for the motors, batteries, etc.
     
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    I'd guess they are looking in the same BMW parts bin as the ActiveE team.
     
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    lets hope so!
     
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    The video dpeilow linked to confirms 3 phase charging (that is the Mennekes connector). Also says they're using a 96 cell Li-ion battery pack (where the V12 engine would be) and shows two water cooled motors coupled to what looks like a single speed transaxle.
     

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