Rolls-Royce Silent Shadow: are the British planning a luxury electric car?

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First Elektro-Rolls is supposed to be a brand new model, not an electric phantom

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In terms of electrification strategy, hardly anything has been heard from Rolls-Royce so far. In 2017 it was once said that they would skip the hybrid era and go straight to electric cars.

A year later it was heard that the electric plans were being pushed ahead vigorously because of the huge demand for electric vehicles in China. But so far there has not been anything more concrete.

Now, an article from Autocar sheds a little more light on the matter. The online magazine writes that the British are planning a stand-alone electric vehicle, the first details of which will be announced later this year. However, the production model is not expected to be revealed until later this decade.

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According to Autocar, Rolls-Royce and the engineers at parent company BMW have already completed the prototype of a purely electrically powered phantom. Turning a combustion model into an electric car: That would fit with the current BMW strategy, according to which it is better to remain flexible and only have one platform for all stages of electrification (combustion, plug-in hybrid and electric car).

But according to the article, Rolls-Royce only wants to use the phantom to test the electric drive. The production model, on the other hand, should be a brand new model. According to Autocar, a reference to the name could be that BMW had the name Silent Shadow protected last year.

Picture gallery: Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept (2016)

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The optics of the new luxury model should be based on the futuristic design study 103EX Concept aka Vision Next 100 Concept from 2016, the technology could be shared by the model with the BMW iX and the upcoming flagship i7.

The iX, which was presented in November, is expected to hit the market by the end of 2021. The electric SUV is expected to have 370 kW (500 PS) and a battery of over 100 kWh. This should have a range of more than 600 kilometers.

Picture gallery: BMW iX (version from November 2020)

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The official information about the iX matches the rumors about the BMW i7: The electric version of the 7 Series will also have a 100 kWh battery. One electric motor per axle should provide all-wheel drive and 394 kilowatts (536 hp), as Car reported at the end of 2020. The i7 prototypes have been photographed many times, although it was recently said that the car would not start until 2023.

Photo gallery: BMW i7 as Erlkonig (September 2020)

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Even with a range of 600 kilometers, the new electric sedan from Rolls-Royce is likely to lag behind other luxury-class models. Because the plaid version of the Tesla Model S should cover over 840 kilometers and the Mercedes EQS, which will start in 2021, will probably have a range of 700 kilometers.

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