February 21, 2011 / 9:59 AM / 8 years ago

Rolls-Royce develops first electric-powered test vehicle

The headquarters of German luxury carmaker BMW are reflected in the luggage compartment of a Rolls Royce in Munich March 18, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce, a unit of German auto giant BMW AG (BMWG.DE), said on Monday it had developed a fully electric-powered car, but did not say when the environmentally-friendly model would enter production.

Rolls-Royce said the prototype, dubbed the 102EX and based on its top-end “Phantom” model, will be put through various tests throughout 2011.

The normal Phantom is powered by a 6.75 litre 12-cylinder engine, at least three to four times the size of the engine on a typical family sedan, and consumes about one litre of fuel for ever six kilometres travelled.

Rolls-Royce said it will display the prototype at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, but said there were no immediate plans to develop a production version.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos is scheduled to hold a press briefing in Singapore later on Monday.

Reporting by Harry Suhartono; Editing by Dhara Ranasinghe

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