Rolls-Royce set to unveil new electric car

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LUXURY car maker Rolls-Royce has developed an electric model which will be unveiled at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Called the 102EX, the car is not being mass produced, but it could pave the way for the Goodwood-based company to produce electric motors in the future.

The car will be taken around Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America so Rolls-Royce can gauge reaction to it.

The company wants to look at the car’s ability to deliver an acceptable range between recharges and to operate in extreme weather conditions.

Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said: ‘We have engineered the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment.

‘With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future.

‘I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic experience.’