Rolls-Royce has announced its first electric car, indicating that it will begin testing the road for the luxury electric car, which will be called Specter, the name given to other world beings and synonymous with great power and appearance.
Specter's first models will reach customers in the fourth quarter of 2023. Specter comes more than a century after the company's founder Charles Rolles spoke of what he believes will be a bright future for electric cars. Speaking in April 1900, Rolls said: "The electric car is completely clean and silent. There are no smell or vibrations, and they must become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged. But for the time being, I don't expect it to be very useful, at least for many years to come."
If the photos published by Rolls-Royce today represent the final car, we can expect Specter to be closer to Wraith and Down from the Just, Phantom and Colinan models.
A global test programme for Spectre will see experimental cars travel 2.5 million kilometres in an effort to simulate 400 years of use before the first car is sold. This will upgrade the entire electric car and create a revolution and innovation of the finest luxury product of its kind. Rolls-Royce said Specter will be tested in plain sight and customers will receive the first shipments of the car in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Despite the high profile of the smooth 6.75-litre semi-silent V12 with a dual turbocharger used by Rolls-Royce today, the electric engine will undoubtedly be more accurate and silent. The company has not yet disclosed any details about its electric transmission system, so it is not known what power output or range the company is targeting with Specter.
Rolls-Royce had previously experimented with EV technology with an electric Phantom in 2011 called 102EX, and in 2016 the company followed up with 103EX, a concept that represents what Rolls-Royce electric cars may look like for decades to come.