Wednesday 11 November 2020

British restoration firm unveils ‘world’s first’ electric classic Rolls Royce

British restoration firm unveils ‘world’s first’ electric classic Rolls Royce

The British restoration and electrification company Lunaz has unveiled what is claimed to be the world's first electric classic Rolls Royce.

The firm reengineers classic vehicles, designing electric powertrains in-house and integrating technologies through a restoration process that promises zero emissions.

James Warren, Director of Communications at Lunaz spoke to FNZ about the technology, which transforms vintage models into zero-emission vehicles: "The notion of electric classics, whether that is a Rolls Royce, a Jaguar, a Bentley, a Mercedes, any car, completely responds to changing attitudes amongst car collectors."

He said that climate legislation is becoming more and more hostile towards internal combustion engines, particularly in major city centres: "We see demand, particularly from hotels and institutions.

"They are coming to us, talking to us about having an electric Rolls Royce or an electric Bentley for their clients because they know that in ten, 15 years those cars under internal combustion engines are not going to be able to come to city centres because of clean air laws. So what we are doing is futureproofing these cars."

The company has given a second life to a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V and Silver Cloud models.

The idea behind the work of Lunaz came from the trend of a world moving towards net zero emissions - he said: "The issue with classic cars is that although they are beautiful, evocative, emotional objects of a legacy, they are a nightmare to live with.

"We see more and more people need to rebalance their car collection for a cleaner future. We all tasted the clean air during the Covid-19 pandemic. That fact made more consumers rethink their priorities."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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