In 2017, when Rolls-Royce launched the Phantom VII, management present at the launch said that the Phantom VII may well be the last combustion Phantom that Rolls Royce ever build. Committing to an all-electric future. Now at the time, Rolls-Royce had clarified that while most other manufacturers were making the switch for environmental reasons, they just cared about the fact that in the future combustion cars might not be allowed within city limits in most major cities, and this would be a fundamental problem for their exclusive clientele. This is also why Rolls Royce also chose not to take the hybrid intermediary.
What’s even more interesting is that, now, Peter Schwarzenbauer, a board member of BMW, who’s responsible for Rolls-Royce, said that they have already started groundwork towards RRs electric future, by asking their customers and prospective what they would want from their Rolls-Royce and the response they got said they need it to travel over 500 km on a charge. And according to Schwarzenbauer, RR customers always get what they want.
Although, it’s not such a stretch to imagine it. With current battery tech at where it stands, the Fisker Supercar with its solid state batteries can get up to 400 kms of range. Now since RR have already confirmed that the next Phantom would be a major adaptation of the Phantoms existing space frame. The increased battery weight might balance out the 130 kgs of insulation that RR currently uses to ensure no engine noise enters the cabin. That’s not including the weight that Rolls-Royce will save on the engine-component and the actual fuel tank. Sure solid state batteries are expensive and hard to come-by, but what’s the point of owning a Rolls-Royce powered by something as pedestrian as standard Lithium-ion batteries!
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