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Lunaz's first all-electric Rolls-Royce restomod has as much range as a Tesla

Lunaz is electrifying some of the world's most desirable classic cars.

Photo courtesy of Lunaz

Classic elegance meets modern powertrain. Lunaz has begun production of the first electrified classic Rolls-Royce models. Like with modern Rolls-Royces, production is limited and the cost is high.

The first Rolls-Royce model to be converted by Lunaz is a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. The car received a ground-up restoration and the incorporation of Lunaz's proprietary electric powertrain and full suite of hardware and software upgrades.

"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," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "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."

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dam="0" caption="Lunaz has already converted a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V." Photo="" site_id="19918384" pin_description="" courtesy="" original_size="2500x1875" of="" photo_credit="Photo courtesy of Lunaz" alt="Lunaz Rolls-Royce electric classic car" Lunaz=""] Lunaz has already converted a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.Photo courtesy of Lunaz

The conversion and restoration features the installation of a 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the largest in the world inside an auto, that delivers a range of over 300 miles.

The weighting of switchgear has been engineered to operate an entirely new powertrain with the same haptic feedback as the original. Instrumentation stays true to the spirit of the 1960s design, with delicate integration of a battery range meter and power gauge.

Every car by Lunaz is equipped with the capability for both home charging and rapid charging.

The company starts each model's changeover by taking the car back to bare metal, 3D scanning it, and fully restoring it. Then, the conversion takes place. The internal combustion engine and associated systems are removed and the chassis is prepared for electrification. The electrified powertrain's components are integrated into the existing design of the car - the fuel filler cap becomes a charging port.

Electric 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V by Lunaz

Photo courtesy of Lunaz

Lunaz allows each customer to be involved in the design and technology process relying on Design Director Jen Holloway to execute their vision. The first model finished features a contemporary two-tone paint scheme, with Midland Grey on the upper of the car and Cinereous Grey on the lower. The hand-painted feature line that breaks the two colors is inspired by a period item specified by the car's previous client - a pink bakelite telephone that sat between the rear occupants. This item has been retained in the final build and upgraded to incorporate modern cellular phone technology, encrypted for privacy.

The interior scheme tastefully echoes the exterior. The very finest sustainably-sourced leather is crafted by Lunaz' in-house specialist team and specified in Argent Grey. Instead of traditional seat piping, a double welt feature is presented in Whisper with Argent Grey, creating the look of a contemporary pinstripe detail. The car's grab-handles are the same shade pink as the feature line.

The original woodwork inside the Phantom V has been restored and finished with a contemporary satin treatment. The update is offset with rose gold inlays that extends to the door cappings, front fascia, and the picnic table backs affixed to the privacy division that separates the driver and rear passenger compartment.

Lunaz Rolls-Royce electric classic car Photo courtesy of Lunaz

Though vintage, modern conveniences abound. The car comes with an integrated infotainment system that includes navigation. Audio can be split between the front and rear allowing the driver to be the only one to hear navigation voice commands. The car has modern air conditioning that can have its settings vary by seat.

Under the picnic tables, rear passengers have two screens. The center unit features a bar service that can be customized by size to perfectly fit the bottle of the buyer's choice.

The 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz is built in eight-seat configuration with a front bench for three occupants, rear bench for a further three and two occasional seats.

Rear floor mats have been custom made in alpaca wool, a material that is rarer than cashmere, softer than lambswool, and is considered highly sustainable.

Lunaz Rolls-Royce electric classic car Photo courtesy of Lunaz

Following modifications of Phantoms, Lunaz will move on to converting Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds. The models are available in a variety of body styles, including four-door limousine, two-door coupé and drop head coupé.

The first tranche of Rolls-Royce cars by Lunaz will be limited to 30. Orders are already being accepted. To meet this demand, Lunaz is doubling its workforce at its technical headquarters in Silverstone, England.

Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds by Lunaz will feature an 80-kilowatt-hour battery that can deliver over 300 miles of range. Luaz will make both fixed head and drophead body styles across Silver Cloud I, II and III available for purchase.

Electrified Rolls-Royces by Lunaz will be available globally. They can only be purchased via a direct relationship with the factory, meaning there are no dealerships in the way of the purchasing process. Prices for a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud by Lunaz starts at £350,000 (not including local taxes). Pricing for a Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz starts at £500,000 (not including local taxes).

Lunaz already offers electrified Bentley and Jaguar models.

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2023 Toyota Sequoia In addition to new styling, the SUV gets a twin-turbo hybrid V6 powertrain and a load of updated tech.Toyota

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Toyota offers automatic-leveling air suspension and adaptive suspension settings with modes for Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom. The Sport drive modes also improve throttle response and changes transmission shift points. The electric motor handles most propulsion duties below 18 mph, but after that the gas engine steps in. The motor is constantly involved when the truck is in Tow/Haul mode.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro models get under-body cladding and beefier tires.Toyota

Similar to the high-end treatment given to the Tundra, Toyota will offer a Capstone trim for the new Sequoia that brings unique upholstery and trim materials, 22-inch chrome wheels, power side steps, American Walnut inlays, and more. That said, even the standard Sequoia SR5 offers plenty of standard gear. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, along with heated seats and more. An available Premium Package adds an enormous 14-inch infotainment display, power third-row seats, a hands-free liftgate, and additional power outlets.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 will also be standard for the SUV. The system includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and rear seat reminders. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts is also standard.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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