Rolls-Royce’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös announced today that the luxo-carmaker will have a full battery electric vehicle ready for sale by the end of 2023. So, unlike many car brands, Rolls-Royce will jump directly from internal combustion to full electric power, skipping the plug-in hybrids that so many carmakers are using as a bridge to what is shaping up to be an all-electric future.
“I am proud to announce that Rolls-Royce is to begin the on-road testing program for an extraordinary new product that will elevate the global all-electric car revolution and create the first—and finest—super-luxury product of its type,” said the Müller-Ötvös. “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 of2023.”
The announcement was heavy on flamboyance and short on specifics, leaving us to guess what the car might actually be under all the sloganed camouflage. Müller-Ötvös did say that the coming EV Rolls will ride on a modified version of the new Architecture of Luxury platform that underpins the Phantom, Cullinan, and Ghost. That platform is highly modular and unique to Rolls-Royce, the company has said, and it was designed from the start to be able to accommodate an EV.
“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,” Müller-Ötvös said.
The car will be a two-door coupe but Rolls emphasizes that it will not be a Wraith replacement. There are no details on battery, range, or any component sharing with parent company BMW. BMW will launch a new electric 7-Series called the i7 by the end of next year, according to internet speculation, which is always the best form of speculation.
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