By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Day 2 of the Geneva Motor Show press preview is in the books and there's an interesting blend of production models and far-out concepts. Cars like the Ferrari FF, the Jaguar XKR-S, Morgan trike, and even the Hyundai i40 Wagon are early show favourites, but others like the Smart ForSpeed we discussed yesterday, the yawn-inducing Mitsubishi Global Small and Toyota Prius + leave us shaking our heads.
But no other image launched so many questions as that of a Rolls-Royce plugged into a wall socket. It's an experimental electric version of the world's most ostentatious automobile called 102EX. Gone is the near 7-litre gasoline V12, replaced by a battery featuring 96 separate cells that the company says can be recharged through inductive charging.
Why would this ever make sense? Every ultra-luxury brand is seeking more inroads into Russia, India and the like. Rolls-Royce owners don't care about fuel prices - usually because they sell those fuels to someone else. It's nearly as ridiculous as Bentley's claim that its Super Sports line are 'green' because they're tuned to run on ethanol. Six hundred horsepower? Irrelevant.
So, for? Against? Insulted? Intrigued?