Customers will be able to get their hands on the first-ever Rolls-Royce EV only in Q4 2023.
After much anticipation, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has officially confirmed today that the Goodwood-based brand is all set to begin on-road testing of its first fully electric model that's been christened 'Spectre'. While it will be built on the same aluminium spaceframe architecture that underpins all the new Rolls-Royce models since Phantom VIII, Müller-Ötvös has stated that it will be an all-new product built from the ground up. So, if you think the camouflaged prototype seen in the images here points to an existing model, such as the Wraith minus its oily bits, you're quite wrong!
Coming to the present, of course, at this point, no other technical details of the upcoming Spectre have been revealed. However, what we do know is that the model will be subjected to the most gruelling testing programme in Rolls-Royce’s history – by the end of the development stage, the Spectre prototypes will have visited all four corners of the world, covering about 2.5 million kilometres in the process. This will be equivalent to using a Rolls-Royce for about 400 years in everyday conditions!
This is indeed a very significant moment in the brand's history as the Spectre also fulfils the prophecy of the marque’s founder, Charles Rolls. In April 1900, after experiencing an electric vehicle built by American brand Columbia, Rolls seemed convinced that the future of mobility would be electric and went on to state the following – ‘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.'
With the Spectre, Rolls-Royce is also committing to the electrification of its entire product line-up. By 2030, all Rolls-Royce models will become fully electric.