Rolls-Royce CEO confirms electric 102EX is dead, no SUV, Ghost coupe and convertible on the way

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce showed up with the Phantom Series II. Now, there weren’t many changes to the new model besides some minor tweaks to the design and upgraded interior technology. However, that’s the way a Rolls-Royce is supposed to be – timeless and luxurious.

Check out our post on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Speaking to CARandDRIVER, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos confirmed that the all-electric Rolls-Royce 102EX Concept will not be reaching production after it fault to pass tests by more than 500 potential customers.

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“The results were ambivalent,” the CEO now said. “Its acceleration and utter silence were highly praised, but on the other hand, the charging times are not acceptable, and the range is not acceptable.” says Muller-Otvos. He said Rolls-Royce could look into a plug-in hybrid as a solution since it combines the best of both worlds.

Speaking about the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Muller-Otvos said that it will get more dynamic in terms of appearance but the drive will remain smooth since a Rolls-Royce cannot have an overly firm suspension. He said to expect a Ghost Coupe and Ghost Drophead Convertible very soon.

Last but not least, Muller-Otvos said that Rolls-Royce will not be jumping on the SUV/Crossover bandwagon as its competitors.

– By: Roman Bronfenbrener

Source: CARandDRIVER