Lunaz is launching the first all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V, a modern restoration of one of the best cars in the world, adding no apparent pollution other than the street-wide grin of its lucky new owners, according to the website of the company.
A limited set of hand-built fully electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V vehicles are expected to enter the market at about $ 657,000, and the less expensive Silver Cloud model costs just under $ 450,000, according to the Robb Report.
All-electric Rolls-Royce will sell for $ 657,000:
The all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V first debuted last year when Lunaz, a automaker specializing in taking the most iconic vintage cars and making them all-electric, poked fun at the world.
“No car in the world equals a Phantom in presence, style and importance,” said Lunaz boss David Lorenz, reports Motor1.com.
This is the beginning of an extremely limited edition series of thirty vehicles, which will be built by hand at Lunaz’s headquarters in Silverstone, England.
All-electric options bring top-tier legacy vehicles back
“The time is right for an electric Rolls-Royce,” Lorenz said, according to the Robb Report. “We are responding to the need to unite a beautiful classic design with the ease of use, reliability and sustainability of an electric powertrain.”
“Through electrification, we are proud to promote the legacy of the ‘world’s best car’, making Rolls-Royce ownership a relevant choice for a new generation.”
Of course, the demo base is profitable, as each Phantom V starts at roughly $ 657,000. Over half a million dollars might seem like a spare change to some people, especially for a perfectly restored, fully electric Phantom. Unless, like us, the price is also the moon.
Modernized for all-electric charging, 300-mile range
All cars are reduced to base metal, then 3D scanned, weighed and fully restored before the messy, greasy powertrain, initially designed for quiet operation, is pulled out of the Phantom.
Where the powertrain used to be, buyers will find an impressive 120 kWh battery, which Lunaz says can power the vehicle over a range of 300 miles (482 km).
The company keeps the Phantom’s all-electric battery close to the hood, but each Phantom V is guaranteed to possess fast and home-charging capability, according to Top Gear.
Digitized interior, proven systems, bar service, capacity for 8 people
The new Phantom V will include infotainment, WiFi, a new heating and air conditioning system, along with “sensibly integrated” charging ports. In addition, the brakes, suspension, electronics and steering are fully tested.
The paint scheme is two-tone, and the all-electric Phantom V includes the original 1961 woodwork, restored and treated with rose gold inlays, a bar service, and a pair of screens behind the privacy divider.
The all-electric Phantom V seats eight.
There’s also a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, for $ 451,000 (£ 350,000). While it has a lower battery power rating than the full Phantom package, at 80 kWh, the Silver Cloud can match the range of the more expensive version of 300 miles (482 km) or more.
“We believe that preserving the most beautiful cars in the world is vital engineering,” said Lunaz Technical Director Jon Hilton. Hilton has worked for Renault’s F1 team as CTO, where he led engine development for a repeat F1 championship winner, Fernando Alonso.
Production has already started on the fully electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V cars. The only question is whether we know someone with a bottomless money pit and a heart the size of Earth.