Rolls Royce has confirmed that road testing of its first fully electric car will begin soon ahead of its release in 2023.
The electric Rolls Royce Spectre will come to market before Christmas in 2023 and will be the first in a series of electric cars produced by the manufacturer.
The company has already confirmed that all new models will be electric by 2030, and whilst details remain few and far between, speculation over the price of the vehicle has started at around £300,000.
Testing of the new vehicle is due to begin soon, with a programme that will see the Spectre cover 2.5 million kilometres, a simulation of 400 years of use.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: “This Rolls-Royce is the fulfilment of a prophecy and it represents a promise kept as we embark upon a unique undertaking. It is the beginning of a new legacy for our brand.
“This fundamental change in our powertrain technology requires that we challenge every single aspect of the product before we offer it to the most discerning and demanding individuals in the world – our Rolls-Royce clients.
“To do this, we have conceived the most demanding testing programme in Rolls-Royce’s history. We will cover 2.5 million kilometres – a simulation of more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce, on average – and we will travel to all four corners of the world to push this new motor car to the limit.
“You will see these test cars on roads, around the world. Look out for them – they will be in plain sight. They will be tested in all conditions and over all terrains on their multi-million-mile journey – that will literally accelerate Rolls-Royce into the future.”
Müller-Ötvös continued: “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 products.”