In the fourth quarter of 2023, the first fully electric Rolls-Royce Spectre will be available for purchase. The Rolls-Royce Spectre, as it is known, is already in the works, and the electric car will be supported by the brand’s space frame design. Rolls-Royce has also stated that by 2030, its complete portfolio would be electrified.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre, the company’s first-ever all-electric premium vehicle, was unveiled on Wednesday. Tosten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, posted the news and the teaser image on LinkedIn.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre will play a key role in ushering in a new era for the nearly 115-year-old British automotive titan, with plans for a substantial entry into the realm of electric transportation.
Rolls-Royce Spectre platform
Rather than adopting the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that underlies BMW’s forthcoming i4 and iX EVs, Rolls-Royce will stay with the modular ‘Architecture of Luxury’ aluminium spaceframe that will eventually underpin all Rolls-Royce models, which is currently utilised for the Phantom and Cullinan.
The platform is “scalable and versatile,” according to company CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös, and “was meant to provide the base of not just different internal combustion engine models, as it does currently with the Cullinan and Ghost, but models with completely other powertrains.”
He said that the chassis, which improved the eighth-generation Phantom’s weight, fineness, and rigidity, was designed from the start to accept an electric powertrain in addition to the BMW-developed V12, which has been in Rolls’ lineup in various iterations since 1998.
powertrain details kept under wraps
Otvös in an interview mentioned: “We would never employ an existing BMW Group car and convert it into a Rolls-Royce.” That isn’t going to work for us.” However, because it almost matches the output of the Goodwood firm’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12, the 608hp-plus twin-motor system used in the upcoming BMW iX M60 could find its way into the luxury brand’s cars.
Rolls-Royce claims that a series of test cars will be manufactured for the two-year testing programme and will traverse more than 150 million miles, or about 400 years of use. The start of on-road development comes just over a decade after the company unveiled the experimental 102EX concept, which featured a twin-motor drivetrain with 389hp and a 71kWh battery pack with a claimed range of 193km.
In 2016, the considerably more radical 103EX prototype debuted, with nearly double the power output and a slew of hints as to how the business will modify its usual design characteristics to suit electric cars.
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