The first Rolls-Royce electric car Silent Shadow over the past few years, electric vehicles have been experiencing a rise in popularity and several manufacturers are rolling out new models Rolls-Royce has also joined the electric revolution in grand style with its new luxury car called Silent Shadow. Here is everything we know about Rolls Royce’s first ultra-luxury electric vehicle while most automobile manufacturers have been scrambling to develop and release electric vehicles the British brand remained calm and now it seems that the automaker is ready to release its first battery-powered model.
Rolls-Royce has even decided to go ahead of its competitor Bentley which is currently designing a hybrid car and make the direct leap to the fully electric vehicle world the ultra-luxury car manufacturer confirmed through its chief executive officer that it’s working on an all-new electric vehicle called Silent Shadow. Rolls-Royce’s CEO Torsten Mueller-otiose confirmed the company would skip over petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrains and concentrate its development budget on fully electric models Torsten also confirmed that the automaker is closer to launching the Silent Shadow electric car but he didn’t reveal any specific date for the launch of the vehicle he said in an interview that the launching date is still a secret. But that the electric vehicle will surely be a brand new Rolls-Royce while some high-end car owners enjoy the roar of a powerful engine. Which they’ll miss after the transition to electric Rolls-Royce owners apparently won’t Rolls-Royce has been proud of its near-silent opulent cars so the shift to quiet electric systems won’t change the drivers or passengers.
About Silent Shadow and Explains how it going to be
Rolls-Royce experience very much Torsten made it known electrification fits perfectly with Rolls-Royce it’s torquey it’s super silent we’re not known for roaring loud engines and exhaust noise whatsoever and that is a big benefit this kind of explains how the Silent Shadow got its name. The British brand owned by BMW has recently filed a trademark with the German patent office for the name Silent Shadow a play on the name Shadow that the automaker used for decades and its best-selling Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. So it’s likely that details about the definite electrification plans of the luxury brand will soon be revealed according to reports Rolls-Royce already had an electric prototype in the form of a phantom electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries at Munich research and development hubs of the Rolls-Royce parent firm. BMW has also revealed that Rolls-Royce has been testing its electric vehicle technology on the electric phantom prototype as a prototype will be used as a powertrain testbed. The first Rolls-Royce electric car would come with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack or a bigger pack and offer a range of around 400 miles without a recharge. Rolls-Royce’s venturing into the world of electric cars comes as no surprise the iconic luxury brand has previously announced by 2040 it will only sell electric cars.
Rolls-Royce also showcased the first electric concept which is based on the phantom 2011 the luxury automaker had showcased another concept car called Vision Next 100. Which was fully electric and had autonomous features in 2016 but the mark is now focused on developing an entirely new vehicle while it’s not fully clear what form the Silent Shadow will take the electric vehicle is set to draw heavily on the driveline and battery technology from BMW’s recently unveiled IX an advanced electric large SUV that is set to go on sale in the latter half of this year. Although the Silent Shadow picked its name from the Silver Shadow it won’t be a straight electric conversion of the Silver Shadow instead, it’s expected to be its unique model based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom platform and developed alongside the BMW i7. The new electric luxury saloon is set to rival the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS and is based on the 7th generation 7th series which is due for launch in 2022 the CEO of Rolls Royce also said the Rolls-Royce brand is not in any way a game-changer when it comes to revolutionary technology people are more interested in highly reliable substance than to be a test field for new technology. This means that Rolls-Royce is serious about the electric future and it’s not just about converting an existing model Also, it’s reported that the car would take design inspiration from the Rolls-Royce 103ex a concept unveiled by the company in 2016. That concept is also outlandishly styled especially when Rolls-Royce’s new post-opulent design philosophy is considered the concept posted a load of tech including full autonomy and the interior had no controls whatsoever just as the automaker said at the time of unveiling that the 103ex would be endlessly customizable with customers able to tailor its design to suit their preferences the 103ex design preview included a long bonnet. The sloping roofline and most noticeably defined squared-off wheel arches Rolls-Royces are powered by large twin-turbo v12 engines derived from BMW the one in the Phantom produces 563 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque. So the Silent Shadow should produce more power than that and since the luxury supercar maker isn’t known for half measure.
Silent Shadow is the most expensive electric vehicle ever made
Whatever the Silent Shadow ends up being like it’s surely going to be one of the most luxurious electric cars money can ever buy also considering that the cheapest Rolls-Royce starts at above 311 thousand dollars. The Silent Shadow will likely be the most expensive electric vehicle ever made. Rolls-Royce isn’t known to produce thin and lightweight vehicles and since the Rolls-Royce Phantom weighs over six thousand pounds the Silent Shadow will surely weigh over 6,000 pounds and with this weight, it will require a large battery pack to ensure decent mileage and at least that should mean it will come equipped with fast charging the power and range will also be impressive. When Rolls-Royce decided to move forward with its new electric vehicle it is believed that the automaker will also bring electric versions of existing models. The new model is expected to be built alongside the Phantom Ghost and Cullinan SUV at the automaker’s production facility in Goodwood even reports have it that the automaker will start with the battery-powered version of the Cullinan after the Silent Shadow.
Several countries announce plans to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars
This is all because the company also has committed to pure electric power over the next couple of decades skipping hybrids altogether Rolls-Royce undoubtedly benefits from being part of the BMW group as most gasoline car makers are facing an identity crisis as they’re forced towards electrification. As global emission regulations continue to tighten and several countries announce plans to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars this is even more serious for those niche manufacturers who traditionally relied on powerful engines with high levels of emissions. Rolls-Royce’s niche status and limited production numbers mean it could be several years maybe half of the decade before the Silent Shadow hit showrooms. Even if government regulators are applying pressure for automakers to ship to electric vehicle production in the UK where Rolls-Royce has its headquarters announced last year it would ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in the country after 2030. Rolls-Royce’s closest competitor Bentley recently announced that its full transition to electric vehicles will be happening by 2030 as a brand will sell only plug-in hybrids, for now, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller Ötvös said in an interview we need to make smart decisions on where we invest our money it may be okay for bigger companies to go into hybrids and all sorts of different technologies we needed to make a certain decision. Bentley is owned by the Volkswagen group which has committed 33 billion pounds towards its development of electric vehicles following its involvement in the dieselgate scandal.
Mueller Ötvös said of the company’s clients that while the pandemic suppressed vehicle demand in many regions Rolls-Royce’s production run is booked out for the year Orders started to rise strongly from the fourth quarter of 2020 and onward as the pandemic unleashed a free-spending attitude many of them have witnessed how quickly life can end and so it’s good to enjoy life today and not to postpone it to any later years. Rolls Royce’s first production electric vehicle should open doors for its customers who are looking for more technologically advanced and greener vehicles. What do you think about the Rolls-Royce silent shadow?