Electric Rolls-Royce: classic Roller style, Lunaz EV innards

Published: 21 August 2020

► Electric classic Rolls-Royce conversions
► Old-school Phantoms and Silver Clouds
► UK prices from £350,000 plus taxes

British EV conversion specialist Lunaz is building the world's first electric classic Rolls-Royces for those who want timeless style mixed with the latest electrified powertrains.

Deep-pocketed fans of old-school luxury can pick a 1960s Phantom V or Silver Cloud and pay from £350,000 to nab one of 30 build slots. Pick from four-door limos, two-door coupes and convertibles in the initial run.

Lunaz has already been converting classic Bentleys and Jaguars at its Silverstone base near the famous F1 circuit, and claims these are first electric conversions of old Rollers. They are shipping worldwide.

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Batteries of up to 120kWh mean these electric Rolls-Royces can travel up to 300 miles on one charge

Electric classic Rolls-Royces: how Lunaz converts them

First, suitable examples are sourced and given a ground-up restoration. Out go the period petrol motors (sigh...) and in comes Lunaz's proprietary EV powertrain.

That means a substantial 120kWh lithium-ion battery pack for the Phantom (claimed to be the largest cell of its type in production), which is enough for a claimed 300+ mile range. The Silver Cloud models make do with a smaller 80kWh energy pack, which interestingly carries a similar range claim.

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Beautiful period interiors lovingly restored as part of conversion

Period details are retained throughout, although Lunaz will upgrade details like the Bakelite telephone between the rear seats with modern cellular technology. Sounds pretty cool to us - and clients can influence the design and personalisation to a high degree, as you'd expect at this lofty price.

Lunaz founder David Lorenz said: 'The time is right for an electric Rolls-Royce. We are answering the need to marry beautiful classic design with the usability, reliability and sustainability of an electric powertrain. More than ever we are meeting demand for clean-air expressions of the most beautiful and luxurious cars in history. We are proud to make a classic Rolls-Royce relevant to a new generation.'

Prices for the Silver Cloud start at £350,000 (plus local taxes), whereas the Phantom models start at a cool £500,000.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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