Ian Cameron, Chief designer, Rolls-Royce

Los Angeles, CA – Ian Cameron, Chief designer, Rolls-Royce, unveiled the 200EX then showed me the extra bit’s and some of the concepts on the car.

From the purse holder to the wet coat holder these innovations are strikingly rolls-Royce, though they have not been seen on a Rolls yet. The red double RRs on the grill let you know this car is a concept. Production Rolls have black RRs.

This new Thermo Electric Generator (TEG) technology generates and captures energy from exhaust heat. The Thermo Electric Generator works off of a thermoelectric effect, which is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage. i.e. a voltage is created when there is a different temperature in or around the device. The TEG produces energy when the engine is under load, i.e. accelerating rather than decelerating or idling. It functions at it’s best from 37 MPH to 74 MPH (60 to 120 kmh) and can save up to 5% fuel.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.