Rolls-Royce will unveil an electric car next month

Rolls-Royce to show electric vehicle next month

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce has developed an electric car which it will display at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1.

The 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE), will not go into production but paves the way for the Sussex-based company to turn out electric vehicles in the future.

The car will be taken on a tour around Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America during 2011 so Rolls-Royce can gauge reaction to it.

Rolls-Royce wants to look at the car's ability to deliver an acceptable range between re-charges and to operate in extreme weather conditions.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said the company had “engineered the world's first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment”.

"With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future.

"I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience.

"It must be a technology that is right for our customers, our brand and which sets us on a sound footing for a sustainable future," Muller-Otvos said.

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