When Rolls-Royce unveiled the 102EX concept, at the Geneva Motor Show, the company hinted they were considering EV technology. However, initial feedback has been lukewarm at best.
According to Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, many potential buyers live on the outskirts of major cities and the estimated 200km (124 miles) range wouldn't be enough to meet their needs. He added, "Let's wait and see what our customers are telling us, but hybrids have a certain capability to deliver both electric driving combined with a normal combustion engine, and that might be a solution."
As we have previously reported, the 102EX features a 71 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to two electric motors that produce a combined output of 389 hp (290 kW / 394 PS) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. This setup enables the prototype to accelerate from 0-60 mph in "under 8 seconds" and hit a limited top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).