Rolls-Royce is developing a new line of electric vehicles and using an electrified phantom as a test bench for its future vehicles.
In an article published today, Autocar revealed that Rolls’ parent company, BMW, is using an all-electric version of their Phantom luxury vehicle as part of their new electric vehicle development process.
Rumors about Rolls-Royce’s linchpin for electric drives have been increasing for some time. The discovery that the company already has a working EV test bed shows that its plans are now being brought to life.[Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data]
Last year, BMW filed a patent for the name Silent Shadow, a game based on the name of the luxury car brands’ Silver Shadow vehicle, which was manufactured between 1965 and 1980.
Given that electric vehicles are virtually silent in operation, many thought this patent was the first real nod that Rolls took to begin shaping its electric future.
In addition, unlike brands like Maserati, Rolls-Royce skips hybrid drives completely and goes straight to all-electric. In an interview, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce, confirmed that the company would skip the attempt to develop hybrid technology.
Credit: Autocar The folks at Autocar have put together an illustration of what they think the Silent Shadow might look like. All credit to them for this one, go there and show them some love.
What is clearer, however, is that Rolls-Royce’s new EV range of vehicles will be largely adopted by high-end BMW electric vehicles such as the iX.
The current Rolls-Royce Phantom borrows a lot of drivetrain components from the BMW 7 Series, and it will no doubt be the case when both brands go electric and BMW launches its i7 luxury sedan.
Another thing is for sure, it’s going to be incredibly expensive, but that’s not so much a by-product of electricity as it is the length it takes Rolls to offer bespoke vehicle customization, high-end features, and luxurious excess.
According to Autocar, we can expect a more official reveal of the Rolls-Royce Silent Shadow before the end of the year, but don’t expect it to be the finished product.
In reality, we’ll have to wait for the BMW i7 to be released, which won’t be the case for another year.
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Published on January 18, 2021 – 11:22 UTC