Rolls-Royce was starting its research in electric powertrains back in 2011. This is when it was unveiling the 102EX. This is an experimental prototype that is based on the Phantom. It came with a pair of electric motors that make a consolidated 389 horsepower. Moreover, the dual motors got their necessary juice from a 71-kWh battery. It is offered 124 (200 kilometers) of range between these charges.
While the technical specifications were not released, 103EX was followed in 2016. The Luxo Barge did make a significant splash with its lavish design and its complete size. It stretches at a stately 19.4 feet (5.91 meters) long. Thus signaling Rolls-Royce’s intentions of accelerating the EV development. It will, in fact, materialize in the final quarter of 2023.
Rolls-Royce Spectre EV
Looking at the camouflaged prototype, it’s understandable why you might be tempted to say this is just a Wraith with the oily bits replaced with electric motors and a battery pack, but the Spectre is an all-new development. Rather than being based on a BMW platform as was the case with the Wraith, the upcoming electric vehicle has the same architecture of luxury as the most current Ghost and Phantom.
Comprehensive Testing Program
The Spectre, in fact, is going to be subjected to an extensive testing program. Therefore, it is going to cover 2.5 million kilometers (1.55M miles). That will be more than any other RR before it. In fact, it will serve as a simulation of what it would be to use a Rolls for 400 years. Wow, that’s a really long time! The grueling test will involve traveling to all four corners of the globe in a bit to “push this new motor to the limit.”
Moreover, Spectre is going to lead the way for Rolls-Royce’s EV advance, with all products going electric by the end of the decade.