Rolls-Royce confirms electric test car

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Rolls-Royce cars are renowned for providing a serene and silent ride, but the maker of the luxury cars has confirmed it is working on a model that promises to be its quietest yet - an electric Phantom.

The prototype is set to make its debut at the Geneva show before starting a tour of duty as a test car for the next 12 months.

"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," said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

The car is known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE) or the less catchy 102EX, and will be touring to allow test drives by current Rolls-Royce owners, enthusiasts and journalists. The feedback will then be used to make decisions on future powertrains for the luxury brand.

No technical details have been released about the Phantom EE yet, but Rolls-Royce has said it is looking at how to best maximise the car's range so it is at an acceptable level and is capable of operating in extreme weather conditions.

"I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience," added Müller-Ötvös. "It must be a technology that is right for our customers, our brand and which sets us on a sound footing for a sustainable future."

There are no plans to make the electric Phantom a reality just yet.