Rolls Royce 102EX Electric Concept Completes Global Tour
The world tour had two purposes, one being to see if the Phantom Experimental Electric would cope with different weather conditions across the world, and the other being to see how it would compare to a regular Phantom and what the public’s reaction would be.
Upon completion of the tour, a total of 12 very exciting images were published, proving the car has been everywhere from Singapore to New York and even Paris. Right now, we don’t know if they will put such a car into production, though the British brand is conducting a market study that will be published in the first quarter of 2012.
We’ll remind you that the 102EX is powered by two electric motors and a single-speed transmission (combined to create 389 hp and 590 lb-ft / 800 Nm of torque). It reaches 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds and has a top speed of 99 mph (159 km/h).
The tests have furnished us with important data about the effects of heat and humidity on 102EX’s battery and management systems,” commented Andrew Martin, 102EX chief engineer. “For example we are clear that the battery management system, which maintains safety and optimal operation of individual cells, will inhibit charging at extreme temperatures. Practically speaking, this may mean finding locations in which the car’s cells can cool after test drives before a re-charge can begin.”
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