Rolls Royce 102EX Electric Heat Testing


The 102 Ex is an experimental vehicle based on the Rolls Royce Phantom, to see the possibilities of making an electric-powered Roller.

Many of Rolls Royce fans and customer base have already mocked the idea of an electric RR, but soon the car will embark on a world tour form America to the Middle East to gauge feedback to the car and also proves its versatility and usability.

In preparation for that big journey, the car has just gone under heat and hot weather testing at the renowned MIRA test center. The car will visit very hot places in its trip such as Dubai, UAE where heat and humidity can brake its batteries and electric circuits. The car passed lab tests with flying colors though, let’s see how it’ll do in real world!

RR 102ex Rolls Royce 102EX Electric Heat Testing

Rolls Royce press release:

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars took its Phantom Experimental Electric prototype to the MIRA1 research facility in Warwickshire this week for a series of laboratory-controlled temperature tests.  Engineers were keen to learn how extreme conditions such as high temperatures and humidity levels affect battery performance while in use. This information is critical as 102EX will shortly embark on a global tour that will take in markets such as the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America.

“The tests have furnished us with important data about the effects of heat and humidity on 102EX’s battery and management systems,” commented Andrew Martin, 102EX chief engineer. “For example we are clear that the battery management system, which maintains safety and optimal operation of individual cells, will inhibit charging at extreme temperatures. Practically speaking, this may mean finding locations in which the car’s cells can cool after test drives before a re-charge can begin.”

The tests have also reinforced expectations of the temperature range in which the car can be driven. In general, the car’s 96 cells will continue to operate at temperatures as high as 500C and in relative humidity as low as 30%. This is well within temperature ranges expected while on tour, however battery performance will continue to be monitored by engineers as the car is taken to typically hot locations such as Dubai.

102EX began its tour in May with events at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood. This was followed by drives in London and the South East of England, then Manchester and Edinburgh. The final drive is scheduled for Birmingham on 5 July 2011, before the car departs for international events in the following locations:

Asia-Pacific Region: Singapore and Beijing (late July and early August 2011)

North America: Pebble Beach, LA (Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 August 2011)

Europe: Regional tour (September 2011)

Asia-Pacific Region: Japan (final week of September 2011)

Middle East: Dubai (October 2011)

North America: New York, Los Angeles Motor Show, Las Vegas, Florida and Art Basel, Miami (November and early December 2011).

102EX will also be presented at the Festival of Speed this weekend, starting with exclusive hill climbs on Thursday 30 June 2011 as part of the Moving Motor Show. The car will then move to the FoS Tech exhibition area from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July 2011.

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