Does Rolls-Royce Silent Shadow Trademark Foreshadow an EV?

Shadows aren’t know for being loud, but Rolls-Royce could have an extra quiet shadow in the works, even quieter than a regular Silver Shadow. Silent Shadow is the name the Anglo-Germanic automaker trademarked in Germany, as spotted by i4 Talk forum member giga_world, and it immediately prompted speculation of an upcoming electric luxury yacht.

In many ways the marque is well-suited for an EV. Just think about it: Rolls-Royce cars are already expensive, so the EV hardware wouldn’t even move the needle much when it comes to price. And they’re already heavy, so the automaker doesn’t have to worry about curb weight. Best of all, the hardware is already available to its corporate owner, the BMW Group. Rolls-Royce cars are also quite large, so the batteries can also be large and heavy, possibly enough to give the cars an industry-leading range if desired, something more than 500 miles on a single charge. And since a lot of Rolls-Royces spend time idling in Shanghai and Moscow traffic, they don’t need Ludicrous acceleration all that frequently, and can get by with something merely under 7 seconds to make the sprint from 0 to 60. That’s easy enough for electric motors to assure.

And Rolls-Royce cars already use their quiet operation as a selling feature, to the point that the automaker has to worry about creating a sensory deprivation chamber, which can make driving in busy city environments a little disorienting for the driver.

There’s one more thing, and it’s not as tangible as the other elements but is perhaps even more valuable.

Rolls-Royce buyers also need that coveted green cred often preventing CEOs from being seen in Rolls-Royce cars, even though they can be driven in Mercedes-Maybach sedans that are just as expensive, especially when armored. A “green” Rolls-Royce, therefore, would be the best of all worlds, its buyers less likely to be shamed for their choice of wheels since it won’t be powered by a gas-gulping 6.8-liter V12.

If there is one shred of doubt we have about Rolls-Royce actually using this name, as opposed to merely registering it, is that it’s a little too redundant and a little too obvious. Granted, it’s better than something like i-Phantom, a formula that far too many automakers have adopted, mimicking the Apple computer naming convention from the late 1990s, but it could be a little too on the nose.

On the other hand, the return of the Shadow name would be a fitting nod to Rolls-Royce history.

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