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Doing Ones Part The RollsRoyce Phantom Electric

first_imgAttention, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf: Step aside (or be moved aside?). Now Rolls-Royce has an electric car, the one-off Phantom 102EX. The three-ton electric debuts at the Geneva Auto Show in a week. “We have engineered the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment,” said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. Mass production is not imminent. Instead, the vehicle also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric “will serve to begin a dialogue with existing owners and stakeholders, posing as well as answering questions of its audience.” The car will be shown and driven through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America. Until the auto show, details on the vehicle are limited other than that it’s an electric-drive vehicle based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom. This is the full-size Rolls-Royce, rather than the more compact, at 213 inches, Rolls-Royce Ghost (see review). One of the questions Rolls-Royce wants to answer in its dialog with current owners is what they consider to be an acceptable range. Most electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf are good for just under 100 miles, while the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt goes 25-40 miles before a small gasoline engine kicks in. One assumes that if you own a Rolls-Royce, it’s not the only vehicle in the carriage house. Given the multiplier effect of electricity – using electric power generated elsewhere compared to petrol burned in the car’s engine – the effective economy rating is 2-3 times that of using gasoline or diesel based on the cost of electricity generated vs. the cost of fuel. So the Phantom’s 14 mpg combined rating in the U.S. (11 mpg city, 18 mpg highway) with a gasoline engine might, with an electric powerplant of similar output, be on the order of 40 mpg. Rolls-Royce even set up its own website to the tell the story directly: The site, says Rolls-Royce, “is a portal to fuel [so to speak] a wider global debate seeking views on the question of electric luxury from media, VIPs and stakeholders.”last_img read more

Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo

first_img Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … Chile’s apple exporters have expressed concern that the heatwave experienced in the central valley over recent weeks could affect the fruit’s condition and post-harvest life.However, overall they are expecting a fairly similar season to last year with a slight increase in production and exportsSome of the hottest weather on record has scorched large areas of Chile recently and could lead to sunburn and shorter storage life, according to industry sources.Ricardo Gatti, manager of pome fruit and cherries at Unifrutti, said the company would start to harvest around weeks 7 or 8.“We’ll have to see what happens until then because we are seeing some very high temperatures and we might have issues with the condition of the fruit,” he said. The heatwave could lead to a lower proportion of fruit reaching export quality standards, he said.Raimundo Costa, general manager of San Clemente, said storage life may be an issue for Chilean apples in 2019.However, they both said that expectations were for around a 10% year-on-year increase in production this year and highlighted there would be larger volumes of newer varieties.Rodrigo Durán, commercial manager of David Del Curto, said his company was forecasting a rise in volumes of Ambrosia apples, which he said have been very successful in various markets.Gatti said that Unifrutti was also expecting larger volumes of newer varieties – as young orchards continue to mature – which he expected would drive a 10% overall rise in the company’s volumes. You might also be interested in Pink Lady apples “maintained good performance” in … center_img U.S.: Fire at Washington warehouse causes US$8M in … February 14 , 2019 Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … last_img read more