All-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre to launch in 2023 – firm to be EV-only by 2030

The Spectre has been announced as Rolls-Royce’s very first all-electric production model, and spells the beginning of a new era for the marque

Rolls-Royce has officially announced its first all-electric model, the Spectre, set to launch in Q4 2023. Joining Phantom, Ghost and Wraith, the model will mark a turning point for the British marque, beginning its transition to an electric-only lineup by 2030.

Specifics are predictably few and far between at this stage, but company CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös did reveal that a two year test programme will commence soon that will cover over 1.5 million miles and provide engineers with the equivalent of 400 years of simulated use. Müller-Ötvös said: ‘This is not a prototype. It’s the real thing, it will be tested in plain sight and our clients will take first deliveries of the car in the fourth quarter of 2023.’

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What we do know is that Spectre will be underpinned by a bespoke spaceframe chassis, and will build upon knowledge gathered from the development of its all-electric 102EX Phantom concept from 2011 with styling cues from 2016’s 103EX likely. The former featured a dual-motor setup at the rear for a total output of 388bhp and 590lb ft of torque, but primitive battery and motor tech limited range and performance. Spectre, however, is entirely bespoke.

Müller-Ötvös said: ‘...our forthcoming electric car benefits from the Rolls-Royce architecture and therefore the extraordinary experience of a Rolls-Royce on the road. Free of any group platform sharing strategy, we were able to integrate our plans for an electric powertrain into the architecture’s initial design and ensure that this extraordinary new product meets the extremely high expectations of our clients.’

Along with the announcement of a new model came the news that Rolls-Royce will only sell all-electric models by 2030, with the Spectre marking the beginning of that journey. Müller-Ötvös added: ‘With this new product we set out our credentials for the full electrification of our entire product portfolio by 2030. By then, Rolls-Royce will no longer be in the business of producing or selling any internal combustion engine product.’

We’ll have to sit tight for further details, and to see how Rolls-Royce’s long-awaited transition to electric power will play out.

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