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News Rolls-Royce: The Brand’s First EV is Due for the End of 2023

Rolls-Royce: The Brand’s First EV is Due for the End of 2023

Rolls-Royce will make the shift to electric in this decade

  • The first electric Rolls-Royce will be a coupe with suicide doors named Spectre

  • It will be built on a Rolls-Royce specific space-frame platform

  • The first Spectre are expected to be available in the last quarter of 2023

The storied automaker Rolls-Royce has made an announcement today in which the company exposed its plans for the decade, which focus on electrification.

The biggest part of this announcement was the reveal of some details relating to the brand’s very first electric vehicle.

This first EV will be a coupe featuring doors that open backwards, similar in appearance to the company’s own Wraith coupe that has been on sale for a few years, according to a couple of pictures showing the car wearing camouflage.

Rolls-Royce Spectre
Rolls-Royce Spectre | Photo: Rolls-Royce

This upcoming car will be called Spectre and it will be built on an aluminium space-frame structure that was designed by Rolls-Royce, a version of which can already be found under the Phantom, Cullinan and Ghost.

Since this is a major departure for the brand in terms of technology, an extensive testing program has been setup and the Spectre will cover 2.5 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) of driving on roads all around the world, a distance that is equivalent to about 400 years of use for the average Rolls-Royce.

The Spectre should be ready to reach customers in the last quarter of 2023, and by 2030, Rolls-Royce will become a manufacturer entirely dedicated to electric vehicles.

According to the company, its founders would have followed this path back in the early 1900s if the technology and charging infrastructure had made EVs more practical back then, because electric vehicles embody the traditional attributes associated with Rolls-Royce that are smoothness and silence.

The automaker hasn’t yet revealed details pertaining to the actual powertrain of the Spectre, so its power and range are not known currently. There is a possibility it will share its battery and motors with BMW’s most expensive EVs, such as the upcoming i7 flagship sedan, but since it will use a Rolls-Royce specific platform, this might not be the case.

Rolls-Royce Spectre
Rolls-Royce Spectre | Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Spectre
Rolls-Royce Spectre | Photo: Rolls-Royce

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