Specter: Rolls-Royce’s first electric car should arrive sooner than you think
The new car will begin global testing soon and the prototypes will cover 2.5 million kilometers to simulate 400 years of use.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Managing Director of the Sussex-based manufacturer, said: “I am proud to announce that Rolls-Royce will begin the road test program of an extraordinary new product that will elevate the global car revolution. fully electric car. and create the first and best such super luxury product. It is not a prototype. That’s the real thing, it will be tested for all to see and our customers will receive the first deliveries of the car in the fourth quarter of 2023. ”
Specter fulfills the 1900 prophecy of the brand’s founder, Charles Rolls, of an electric future for motor vehicles.
Rolls said: “The electric car is perfectly quiet and clean. There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged. But right now, I don’t expect them to be very usable – at least for many years to come. “
Müller-Ötvös said: “Charles Rolls’ prophecy was the subject of constant reflection during the Goodwood era of the brand. But we weren’t convinced that the available technology could support the Rolls-Royce experience. Until now. Now is the time to change the course of the luxury future.
“We are stepping into this bold new future with a huge advantage. The electric drive is unique and perfectly suited to Rolls-Royce motor cars, more so than any other automobile brand. It’s quiet, refined, and creates torque almost instantly, generating tremendous power.
“In 2017, we launched Phantom, and with it the brand’s exclusive aluminum architecture: a scalable and flexible spatial framework that would underpin all future Rolls-Royce powered cars. This unique technology – developed for Rolls-Royce by Rolls-Royce and reserved for the exclusive use of the brand – was created to form the basis of not only various models of internal combustion engines, as is now the case with Cullinan and Ghost, but models with powertrains.
“To this end, our future electric car benefits from the Rolls-Royce architecture and therefore from the extraordinary experience of a Rolls-Royce on the road. Free from any group platform sharing strategy, we were able to integrate our electric powertrain projects into the initial architecture design and ensure that this extraordinary new product met the extremely high expectations of our customers.
“This Rolls-Royce is the fulfillment of a prophecy and it represents a promise kept as we embark on a unique endeavor. This is the start of a new legacy for our brand. With this in mind, we decided on a brand new name for this car. A name as powerful and evocative as the nameplates that have served us so perfectly over the past century – names like Phantom, Ghost and Wraith. It’s a name that fits perfectly with the ethereal, otherworldly environment our products exist in – a name we’ve reserved especially for this moment: Specter.
“Specter is a name given to beings from another world synonymous with great power and appearance; creatures from an alternate realm who make their presence felt through a fleeting manifestation. A specter forces the world to stop. It dominates the space it occupies. Then, as quickly as it appears, it dissipates, leaving a trail of euphoria, energy and intrigue.
“This name fits perfectly with the extraordinary Rolls-Royce we are announcing today – an automobile that makes its presence felt before disappearing into a world inaccessible to all but a few. As a quintessentially British brand, we have selected the British spelling, but the meaning is universal.
“With this new product, we are setting our benchmarks for the full electrification of our entire product portfolio by 2030. By then, Rolls-Royce will no longer be able to produce or sell products from internal combustion engine.
“Specter is the living fulfillment of Charles Rolls’ prophecy. My promise, made on behalf of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, is kept. We are now starting a remarkable business. I am proud that we will continue to propel the world’s most progressive and influential women and men to a bright and electrified future.