Rolls-Royce has confirmed the name of its next model, expected to be its first all-electric vehicle, though it hasn’t confirmed when it’ll launch.
Bloomberg reports it’ll wear a nameplate that’s certainly befitting of an electric Rolls: Silent Shadow.
Rolls-Royce has previously said it’ll launch its first all-electric car “by 2030” and hasn’t given any more clarity as to when we should see it.
“That is still a secret,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Otvos said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.
“But it will of course obviously be a brand-new Rolls-Royce, rest assured.”
While Rolls-Royce’s current line-up is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine, Muller-Otvos says a battery-electric powertrain won’t be as radical a departure as it looks on paper.
“Electrification fits perfect with Rolls-Royce – it’s torquey, it’s super-silent,” said Mueller-Otvos.
“We are not known for roaring loud engines and exhaust noises whatsoever, and that is a big benefit.”
The company has already filed a trademark for the Silent Shadow name, which brings to mind the old Silver Shadow and sticks with Rolls’ spooky, ethereal naming conventions (Phantom, Wraith, Seraph, etc).
Muller-Otvos stopped short of confirming the Silent Shadow would be the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the company has previously spoken of the need to introduce an electric Rolls.
A spokesperson for the super-luxury automaker said development of the upcoming EV was being driven not by current demand, but by the prospect of councils across Europe banning cars from using their internal-combustion engine in city centres.
“We need to be in a position to sell them a car if legislation forbids them from driving a combustion engine car into the center of a city,” the spokesperson told Automotive News Europe.
Rolls-Royce has so far only displayed one electric concept car, the 102EX (pictured here) unveiled in 2011.
Based on the contemporary Phantom, the 102EX had a pair of electric motors on the rear axle making a total of 290kW and 800Nm.
Its 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time was said to be under eight seconds, considerably slower than the V12 Phantom’s 5.7s sprint.
Its biggest downside — and reportedly the reason development was stopped — was its range, at just 200km.