2023 Rolls-Royce Spectre announced, brand's first EV pilots all-electric future
Rolls-Royce has announced its first electric car today, named the Rolls-Royce Spectre. Simultaneously, Rolls-Royce has also announced its commitment to go fully electric by 2030.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre has not been fully unveiled, being covered in digitally super-imposed texts saying things like “when it does not exist, design it”, “perfectly noiseless”, and “make it better”. What we can see for now is the 2-door grand tourer design of the Rolls-Royce Spectre.
The official market launch and delivery of the Rolls-Royce Spectre is expected to take place in Q4 2023.
Prior to that, the Rolls-Royce Spectre will undergo a rigorous global testing that will cover 2,500,000 km. The extreme distance is meant to simulate 400 years of use. The Spectre will be tested in multiple climates and in plain sight.
No technical details have been revealed except for the fact that the Spectre is underpinned by Rolls-Royce’s own space frame architecture (no BMW chassis here). However, we do expect some shared technology with BMW, such as the use of electrically-excited synchronous motors that do not utilise rare earth elements.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre introduces a new name in the Rolls-Royce line-up that sounds very well-fitting alongside names like “Ghost”, “Phantom”, and Wraith”.
The all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre fits very well with the history of Sir Henry Royce who was fascinated by all things electrified. In fact, his first venture, named F. H. Royce and Company, created dynamos, electric crane motors and patented the bayonet-style light bulb fitting.
The conception of an all-electric Rolls-Royce has also long been prophesised by Charles Rolls who once experienced an early electric motor car named the Columbia and declared its electric drive to be ideal.
Quoting Charles Rolls himself, “The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged. But for now, I do not anticipate that they will be very serviceable – at least for many years to come.”
Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös has kept his word on introducing an all-electric Rolls-Royce within this decade.
He said, “We embark on this bold new future with a huge advantage. Electric drive is uniquely and perfectly suited to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, more so than any other automotive brand. It is silent, refined and creates torque almost instantly, going on to generate tremendous power. This is what we at Rolls-Royce call ‘waftability’.”
The Rolls-Royce Spectre will be first all-electric production Rolls-Royce upon its launch. Prior to the Spectre, Rolls-Royce has made a one-off experimental electric vehicle called the Rolls-Royce 102EX.
The Rolls-Royce 102EX was a one-off experimental electric vehicle
Rolls-Royce has also previewed a concept electric car, the Rolls-Royce 103EX that envisions the future of ultra-luxurious vehicles.