| Reading time 2-3 minSeptember 28, 2021
Rolls-Royce has revealed more details about its electric past, while waiting to make an imminent announcement about its electric future. In a statement today, Rolls-Royce has reconfirmed the following three claims:
The brand will introduce a fully electric car in this decade (2020-2030). This car will be a pure BEV, not a hybrid of any kind. It will only be released when the time is right and all elements meet Rolls-Royce technical, aesthetic and performance standards.
Along with the above, CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: «Right now, our company is embarking on a historic endeavor to create the first super-luxury car of its kind.. This will happen sooner than many thought possible, thanks to the incredible skills, experience, vision and dedication of our engineers, designers and specialists at the House of Rolls-Royce.
Last year, CAR unveiled new details about Rolls-Royce’s electrification plans.
Rolls-Royce goes electric: what you need to know
A new report from the BMW Blog suggests what Goodwood’s first electric vehicle might be called. Members of a forum on the i4 have discovered a new German patent application from BMW, which registers the name ‘Silent Shadow’.
Found by members of the i4 Talk forum, the patent was applied for by Rolls-Royce owners earlier this month, and it points to something electrically powered, and it’s likely the name of an upcoming finish, instead of a brand new car.
If it’s real, it’s a nice nod to the brand’s history and the famous ‘Silver Shadow’ badge, and it would follow the same direction of nostalgia and innovation that BMW is taking to the brand. It’s basically a Rolls-Royce with eDrive.
CAR understands that Rolls-Royce is already working on an electric variant of the Phantom, which should hit production in 2022.
Unsurprisingly, the Bavarian owners of Rolls-Royce are doing their best to dilute the high cost of R&D for electric vehicles, so the electric Phantom will share powertrain parts with the upcoming i7 exec saloon and even the M5.
Of course, the “Phantom Silent Shadow” is still provisional at this stage. Our sources reveal that The first work figures pointed to the fact that the first fully electric Rolls would weigh 3.6 tons, which would force it to be homologated as a large tonnage vehicle since your driver had a truck driver’s license.
We hope that Rolls has managed to reduce some of that weight for the production model.
Later in 2027, Rolls-Royce also plans to launch an all-electric version of the Cullinan. -which could be called Cullinan Silent Shadow-, although its calendar will be inextricably linked to that of the Phantom EV.