Rare Rolls-Royce electric car returns to factory for repair work
British luxury automobile maker Rolls-Royce has announced that its first electric vehicle (EV) that was rolled out from its production line around half a decade ago has returned to factory for repair work. In 2017, Rolls-Royce released a mini EV called, Rolls-Royce SRH, but it was not a passenger vehicle. Instead it was a one-off kid car that was produced for a noble cause. The luxury carmaker produced it specifically for St. Richard's Hospital in Chichester to be used by children to drive themselves prior to pediatric surgeries.
Now, more than four years after its release, it has returned to the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood for routine maintenance and repair work. It successfully completed 2,000 journeys amounting to 100,000 meters (roughly 62 miles). The distance covered by the EV may seem to be small but it is a big feat considering the fact that it is a one-off kid car used by kids in a hospital, not a common passenger car.
Designed and built with the main purpose of providing excitement to young patients before their surgeries, the Rolls-Royce SRH completed 400 hours of total travel time. The main purpose behind building the electric kid car was to provide excitement to children who are up for some surgical procedure in the hospital. The mini EV played an important role in removing anxiety among young patients and providing them with a memorable experience. Otherwise, young patients would have either to walk or wheeled to the surgery unit. As their minds remained busy in driving, they got rid of anxiety before undergoing the knife. Travelling in Rolls-Royce SRH was comfortable as well as stylish as the EV bears a laser-etched RR badge in addition to its own Spirit of Ecstasy.
However, the SRH suffered some damages to its paint and bodywork while performing the noble task over the years. The damages prompted the world-renowned luxury automaker to instill a recall to bring it back to the factory to reinstate its original design and condition.
Andrew Ball, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Head of Corporate Relations, said, “That it has been used so extensively and made such a positive contribution to so many children's experiences, makes it all the more rewarding. It was wonderful to see it back at the Home of Rolls-Royce and to have the opportunity to return it to its original, magnificent state.”
Now, the Rolls-Royce SRH is once again ready to continue its journey as a joy-bringer to the young patients at St Richard's Hospital.