Dubbed the Spectre, this vehicle is the all electric new car from luxury automaker Rolls-Royce.
Ironically it was 120 years ago that the company’s co -founder Charles Rolls had projected there would be a super luxurious electric vehicle one day.
Rolls said back in April 1900 that the future of luxury cars would be EV powertrains. After riding in an early electric car from American automaker Columbia, Rolls said, “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.”
The Spectre will be road tested in December of this year with first deliveries to customers happening in 2023.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has pledged to bring the company electric this decade. “Our company is embarking on an historic undertaking to create the first, super luxury car of its type,” Müller-Ötvös has said. “This will happen, sooner than many thought possible, through the incredible skills, expertise, vision and dedication of our engineers, designers and specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce.”
“For us, electrification is, on the side of our marvelous 12-cylinder engine, a very important step into the long-future for the brand,” Müller-Ötvös told Yahoo Finance. “Clients are also asking us actively, ‘When are you going electric?'”
There have been no concrete plans about the future of EVs at Rolls Royce beyond the Spectre however.
“With this new product we set out our credentials for the full electrification of our entire product portfolio by 2030,” said the CEO. “By then, Rolls-Royce will no longer be in the business of producing or selling any internal combustion engine products.”
Müller-Ötvös says the automaker is finally “happy” with the technology it now has after a few years of experimentation, claiming the upcoming Spectre is “truly a magnificent Rolls-Royce.”
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