Last year, Rolls-Royce announced that it would begin developing the first electric vehicle in the British automaker’s 118 years of existence. This all-electric vehicle is named “Spectre,” It surges many expectations from Rolls-Royce customers and the broader automobile market. The company has built a century-strong legacy catering to customers needing a premium vehicle. With EVs occupying a strategic position in many automakers’ vision, it’s not shocking to see Rolls-Royce join the bandwagon of EV makers. While Mercedes-Benz’s flagship electric sedan, the EQS, promises a luxurious experience, the forthcoming Rolls-Royce Spectre is expected to offer a superior experience. Aptly named a super-luxury product, the automaker intends to utilize this car to advance its all-electric vehicle revolution.
Like most automakers, Rolls-Royce hopes to achieve an all-electric fleet by 2030. By that time, all gasoline-powered models from the manufacturer would be discontinued and supplanted by EVs. But, interestingly, Spectre is more than an opportunity to enter a highly competitive market. The vehicle is also considered a “promise fulfilled” as one of the company’s founding fathers, Sir Henry Royce, had wanted to incorporate electric motors in machines many years ago. His passion for electrification led him to start a business called F.H. Royce and Company, which developed electric crane motors and dynamo, an electric generator that powered industries and paved the way for technological advances.
Although it’s taken Rolls-Royce a while to introduce an EV to customers, the automaker compensates by basing the Spectre’s design on a platform shared with popular models like the Phantom and Cullinan. The Spectre will likely have a big battery pack capable of powering dual or more electric motors. The EV is scheduled for a late 2023 release and will be tagged as a 2024 model. Ahead of the launch, the EV has been subjected to a series of tests expected to cover 2.5 kilometers or approximately 400 years of use. This initiative will test the EV’s durability in all conditions and terrains, ensuring that customers take delivery of a completely-made vehicle.
Rolls-Royce built the Spectre as its most aerodynamic vehicle in recent times. The EV has a drag coefficient of 0.25 following a test, the lowest for any Rolls-Royce model. In addition, the EV comes equipped with the automaker’s latest breakthroughs in electric roll stabilization. This means that the Spectre’s steering, braking and power delivery will adjust whenever the satellite navigation and road-scanning cameras notice a turn.
The Spectre is also considered the most connected model, with the EV possessing several intelligent components that outweigh the offerings of current Rolls-Royce models. For example, the car has 141,200 sender-receiver relations plus over 1,000 functions and over 25,000 sub-functions, providing more ways to interact with the two-door, four-seat coupe. For the EV design, the automaker is said to have chosen a deeply expressive body style, using the model’s aluminum space frame infrastructure. Meanwhile, extra details about Rolls-Royce’s first EV, like battery capacity, top speed, acceleration, and driving range, are unavailable for now.