Rolls-Royce develops first 'fully electric' car
Singapore, February 21, 2011
Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce, a unit of German auto giant BMW, said on Monday it had developed a fully electric-powered car, but did not say when the environmentally-friendly model would enter production.
Rolls-Royce said the prototype, dubbed the 102EX and based on its top-end 'Phantom' model, will be put through various tests throughout 2011.
The normal Phantom is powered by a 6.75 litre 12-cylinder engine, at least three to four times the size of the engine on a typical family sedan, and consumes about one litre of fuel for ever six kilometres traveled.
Rolls-Royce said it will display the prototype at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, but said there were no immediate plans to develop a production version.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos is scheduled to hold a press briefing in Singapore later on Monday.-Reuters