Rolls-Royce is developing a new line of electric vehicles and is using the electrified Phantom as a test bed for its future cars.
And in article Published earlier today, Autocar revealed that the parent company of Rolls-Royce, BMWIt uses an all-electric version of its Phantom luxury car as part of its development process for new electric vehicles.
A prototype battery-powered Phantom is at BMW’s Research and Development Center in Munich.
The British brand has considered developing the electric version of its current model as its first electric vehicle, but it now appears to prefer an entirely new car, with the prototype being used as a test bed for the powertrain.
Rumors have been mounting that Rolls-Royce has switched to electric motors for some time, and the discovery that the company has a test platform for electric cars shows that its plans are now beginning to emerge.
BMW filed a trademark late last year with the German Patent Office As Silent Shadow, a manipulation of the Silver Shadow car that was used from 1965 to 1980 in a best-selling Rolls-Royce to date.
Given that electric cars are nearly silent in operation, many believed that this patent was the first real sign that Rolls-Royce was beginning to shape its electric future.
Moreover, unlike brands such as Maserati, Rolls-Royce completely bypasses hybrid drives and goes straight to all-electric motors.
(Torsten Müller-Ötvös), Rolls-Royce CEO, confirmed in an interview that the company is bypassing gasoline and electric hybrid engines and is focusing its development budget on all-electric models.
But what’s most evident is that Rolls-Royce’s lineup of new electric cars is heavily borrowed from upcoming high-end BMW electric vehicles, such as the BMW iX.
The current luxury Phantom borrows many of the drivetrain components from BMW’s 7 Series cars, and this situation should continue when both brands become electric and BMW launches its BMW i7 luxury sedan.
The company is expected to release official details about the Silent Shadow car before the end of this year, although it is not expected to be fully disclosed at that stage., And it looks like we’ll have to wait until the launch of the BMW i7, which won’t happen for at least another year.