If you own a Rolls-Royce Phantom you’re highly-unlikely to take your chauffer driven vehicle on very long trips. For that very reason Tom Purves, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, believes an electric-powered Phantom would be perfect. Purves recently got behind the new 2009 MINI E and was completely blown away by it.
“Many of our customers do small mileages exclusively in the city,” says Purves. “For these customers, an electric Rolls-Royce would be ideal.”
Purves said that he doesn’t think an electric Phantom would be difficult to engineers or take too long to deliver. He said that the first electric Rolls-Royce could be build in its Goodwood headquarters backed by BMW in Munich and their knowledge from the new 2009 MINI E.
The MINI E provides 150 miles of zero emissions driving on a single charge while going from 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 95 mph. Purves says that would be more than adequate for many of Rolls-Royce customers. He reckons that some customers may buy both, the V12 for long journeys and the electric Phantom for urban travels.