Rolls-Royce will realize its founders’ vision for electric mobility with its first EV
Earlier in 2020, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced plans to launch its very first electric vehicle in the current decade (2020 to 2030). The luxury automaker did not reveal any details at the time, now the company has confirmed that it will make a major announcement regarding its very first electric vehicle later this week on September 29, 2021. While it is now , in the 2020s as the company aims to bring its first electric vehicle, one of its founders, Charles Rolls, predicted that the electrification of automobiles was the future in the 1900s, around 120 years ago. years.
Commenting on the announcement, Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “In April 1900, our founding grandfather, Charles Rolls, made a premonitory prophecy about automotive electrification. a public pledge, on file, that we would bring the first fully electric Rolls Royce to market in the current decade, and right now our company is embarking on a historic venture to create the world’s first luxury car. this guy. This will happen, sooner than many thought possible, thanks to the incredible skills, expertise, vision and dedication of our engineers, designers and House Rolls-Royce specialists. “
Now, before, Rolls-Royce had mentioned that it will only launch its first electric vehicle when the time is right, and every part meets Rolls-Royce’s technical, aesthetic and performance standards. Additionally, the company has also confirmed that Rolls-Royce’s first electrified vehicle will be a pure battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and not a hybrid of any kind. And to mark this major announcement, the company decided to reveal how its founding fathers were already one of the pioneers of electric mobility, even before the creation of the luxury car brand.
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Before the creation of the Rolls-Royce brand, Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce had both worked individually on electric mobility. Features such as – quiet operation, instant torque, huge horsepower and the absence of exhaust gases – were considered ideal for luxury cars. However, they decided to make their own cars, they opted for internal combustion engines (ICE) rather than electric powertrains, mainly for two reasons – extremely limited range and lack of charging infrastructure.
In an interview published in The Motor-Car Journal in April 1900, Rolls described electric propulsion in terms that, more than a century later, bear the ring of premonitory prophecy. He had said: “The electric car is perfectly quiet and clean. There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be installed. But for now, I don’t expect them to be very usable – at least for many years to come. ”Rolls even tried to solve the problem by providing a battery charging station in their car showroom on Lillie Road. in Fulham for the private or laudable electric Broughams that were all the rage in London at the time. In 1904, Charles Rolls agreed to become an agent of the electric car Contal Electromobile. But upon meeting Henry Royce and seeing his new car, he canceled the agreement.
He even acquired his only electric car, an American-made vehicle called The Columbia Electric Carriage, imported to the UK by Paris Singer and sold under the car name “City & Suburban”. Rolls considered this to be the best available then. Sir Henry Royce, on the other hand, through his company, FH Royce & Co, initially manufactured small electrical appliances such as doorbells, lights, fuses and switches. Soon he produced larger and more complex devices, including dynamos, electric motors, and winches. In 1902 Royce supplied electric motors to Pritchett & Gold, a London-based battery maker that had branched out into building electric cars.
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Certainly, even after more than a century, range anxiety and the lack of charging infrastructure continue to be two of the biggest obstacles to the widespread adaptation of electric vehicles in several markets, things are changing. now. Some of the major auto markets like China, Germany, the United States and even India are striving for full electrification, so Rolls-Royce believes that now is the time to bring its first VE. Now, while the next car will be the first electric Rolls-Royce to go into production, there have been two instances in the past decade alone that the company has tried to test the waters of electric mobility with two EV concepts.
The first was the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE), codenamed 102EX, which was introduced in 2011, and it was a fully operational and road-legal battery-electric version of the company’s flagship car. Rolls-Royce never intended to produce the car, rather it was used as a test bed for customers, VIPs, media and enthusiasts to experience electric propulsion and share. their experiences, thoughts and considerations directly with Rolls-Royce designers and engineers. . The car came with a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors mounted on the rear subframe, connected to a single-speed transmission with an integrated differential. This system gave a maximum power of 290 kW and a torque of 800 Nm.
Later in 2016, when its parent company BMW celebrated its 100th anniversary in Munich, Rolls-Royce introduced a radical electric vehicle concept with the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100, codenamed 103EX. It was built on an advanced lightweight platform and powered by a proprietary all-electric powertrain, and it’s completely self-contained. Along with a very futuristic exterior, the concept car also focused on bodied bodywork which allows customers to order a car that reflects their personal vision. However, it was also a purely experimental car and was never intended to go into production.