Rolls-Royce is developing its first pure-electric car

Rolls-Royce is developing its first pure-electric car

Luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce has confirmed it is working on its first pure-electric car - to be called Silent Shadow, according to CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. Rolls-Royce has not yet revealed information on the technical specifications or the market launch.

Back in 2016, the manufacturer belonging to BMW displayed a concept car for the year 2040: the 103EX. Rather than the traditional V12 engine, it had an electric drive in a futuristically designed body. Rolls-Royce has since then repeatedly emphasised that the quiet and powerful drive fitted very well with the character of the luxury limousines.

The name Silent Shadow - derived from the Silver Shadow, which Rolls-Royce built between 1965 and 1980 - supposedly makes it clear that it will not be a rebadged version of an existing model, but a car in its own right.

However, the Silent Shadow will apparently be based on the same platform as the Phantom, which Rolls-Royce describes as an “Architecture of Luxury”.

The drive technology will share components with the BMW i7, fulfilling a criterion Müller-Ötvös highlighted as important in 2017: “It is important for us to use mature technology. Because our customers don’t want to experiment in this segment.”

He clarified: “They expect the very highest quality and reliability from a Rolls-Royce in particular. That is fundamental for the brand. That’s why we don’t implement a new technology until we are absolutely sure.”

In March 2020, BMW confirmed that the upcoming generation of the 7 Series will also be launched as one of its series of electric vehicles, although technical data on this has not yet been officially confirmed. Reports from April 2020 assume 250 kW in the base model and between 480 and 500 kW in the top model – with “at least two electric motors”.

“Electrification fits perfect with Rolls-Royce — it’s torquey, it’s super-silent,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös. “We are not known for roaring loud engines and exhaust noises whatsoever, and that is a big benefit.”

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:1st Jun 2021

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