The All-Electric Rolls-Royce Spectre: The Complete Guide For India

Rolls-Royce Spectre
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Coupé
Battery size: 105 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 323 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The Rolls-Royce Spectre Coupé


Rolls-Royce Motors Cars Limited is a famed UK based luxury automotive manufacturer, now owned by the BMW Group, since 2003. The company is located at the Goodwood estate in West Sussex. Ultra-luxurious cars like the Rolls-Royce Phantom are globally standards of refinement, luxury and status. In any case, we in India are not new to Rolls Royce cars, and the rapid growth of the Indian economy has witnessed increased sales of ultra-luxurious cars in India.

The all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre is a defining chapter in the history of the famed luxury automotive manufacturer, as it migrates to the production of electric cars. From 2030, Rolls-Royce will electrify its entire portfolio of luxury cars. The Spectre is the first production pure electric car, which was announced in September 2021. The launch of the Rolls-Royce Spectre is also a defining moment for the global automotive industry!

It is worth noting that Charles Rolls, the co-founder of this famed marque, had prophesied an electric car for his company. Charles had acquired an electric vehicle (EV) named the Columbia Electric Carriage. The introduction of the Spectre electric car is the fulfilment of the prophecy 120 years later!

The first deliveries of the pure electric car in Europe is expected to commence Q4 2023. Delivery dates for India have not yet been announced. The Spectre electric car has been developed on the same platform used for the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Spectre EV also shares some commonality with the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé, to include, the suicide doors.

The full technical details for the Spectre fastback electric car has yet to be published by the automotive manufacturer, but the EV is expected to have a 105 kWh onboard EV battery, with a pure electric range up to 323 miles (WLTP) on a single charge.

The EV battery is mounted in the floor pan, which adds a further 30% torsional rigidity. In terms of charging, the EV is expected to be capable of DC charging up to 195 kW. Put another way, we could expect the onboard EV battery to be charged between 10% – 80% within 30 minutes.

The exterior design of the Spectre EV has been created not only for further enhancing the appeal of the car, but also to improve its aerodynamic characteristics, to improve the efficiency and range of the Rolls-Royce electric car. The EV had a drag coefficient of 0.25Cd, making it the most aerodynamic Rolls-Royce ever manufactured. The manufacturer claims an electric energy consumption of 2.9 mi/kWh.

The manufacturers claim of the Spectre as the ‘world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupé’ cannot be challenged. The two-door coupé Rolls-Royce battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is without an iota of doubt, the most luxurious electric car ever manufactured, and as is with the case with Rolls-Royce cars, the Spectre electric vehicle caters for a very narrow spectrum of ultra-rich customers!

The exterior styling is stunning, without being too futuristic. The EV has the widest front grille of any Rolls-Royce car, but of course do keep in mind, that EV does not need air inflow the same was as an internal combustion engine (ICE) needs it for cooling the engine! In any case, the Rolls-Royce front grille is iconic and an integral element of the design! Interestingly, the tail lights have also been redesigned to pay homage to the iconic grille design. The Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament has also be redesigned to make it more aerodynamic in appearance. The EV is available is 12 standard exterior colours and 17 commissioned colours.

Despite the coupé styled roofline, headroom is ample for adult passengers seated in the rear. It is certainly a four-seat electric car. The interior is what you would expect from this brand and price tag. Finished to an interior standard, that few automotive manufactures can deliver. The EV has a decent sized boot, but interestingly, does not have a frunk (boot storage located in the front).

As with other Rolls-Royce cars, the Spectre offer an unimaginable breadth of options to customise the EV, to include the new, multi-coloured seat design. Also on offer are the Starlight Doors, the illuminated facia and Starlight Headliner. The Starlight Doors include 4,796 backlit perforations, each, positioned by hand! The illuminated facia has 5,500 stars depicting the Spirit of Ecstasy’s wing.

The EV is also the ‘most intelligent Rolls-Royce’. The luxurious electric car has 141,200 sender-receiver functions, 7 kilometres of cabling and over 25,000 sub-functions. Rolls-Royce EV owners will also be able to use the ‘Whispers’ app to engage with the electric car. The EV has been tested over 1.5 million miles.

The all-wheel drive Rolls-Royce Spectre electric car can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds, despite the additional weight of the onboard EV battery (700 kg). The total kerb weight of the EV is 2,975 kgs. The EV can deliver up to 900 Nm torque and 576 hp. The manufacturer has indicated that these figures will be finalised in due course. The EV does not come cheap. Rolls-Royce has yet to confirm the pricing. However, it does include the iconic Rolls-Royce umbrella!

Lets hope this defining electric car is available in India soon!


PROS CONS
Good electric rangeNo frunk
Ultra-luxurious and refinedDC charging limited to 195 kW
Attractive coupé exterior stylingAvailable in only one EV battery size

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The All-Electric Rolls-Royce Spectre (credit: Rolls Royce)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Coupé
Engine:Electric
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
Rolls-Royce Spectre (from N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 105 kWh (TBC)
Charging:195 kW DC Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard Charger: N/A kW AC (0% – 100%: N/A hours)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:N/A

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1559
Width (mm):2080
Length (mm):5453
Wheelbase (mm):3210
Turning Cirle (m):12.7
Boot Space (L):N/A

Spectre
EV Battery Capacity:105 kWh (to be confirmed)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):323 miles
Electric Energy Consumption
(mi/kWh):
2.9
Charging:195 kW DC Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard Charger: N/A kW AC (0% – 100%: N/A hours)
Top Speed:N/A
0-62 mph:4.4 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):576
Torque (Nm):900
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:2
Kerb Weight (kg):2,975
Colours:29
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

What Is WLTP? An Overview


It is true, in that, we are not very familiar with the acronym WLTP in India. However, as the availability of electric cars in India, continues to increase, WLTP will be a regular mention in data supplied by electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers.

Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) is a testing procedure, to improve data accuracy and transparency for consumers. WLTP was formally introduced by the European Commission on 1st January 2019 to replace the outdated New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Since then, the data from the testing procedure has been used in European countries and also in some international markets.

In electric driving, a key specification criteria is the electric range of the electric vehicle (EV). WLTP utilises improved testing standards to reduce the difference between real-world driving efficiency and the efficiency recorded under laboratory testing conditions.

To achieve greater measurement accuracy, data for the WLTP measuring cycle was collected from 14 countries and based on 750,000 kilometres. Despite the measures to make the data as realistic and accurate as possible, there still exists a disparity between WLTP test cycle data and real-world efficiency data.

In terms of zero-emission electric range, the difference is usually between 15% and 30%. Do keep in mind that real-world electric range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used, tyre size, speed and a lot more!


WLTP Testing Conditions Include
More realistic driving behaviour.
Assessment of driving situations to include urban, suburban, main road and motorway. 
Longer distances. 
More realistic acceleration and braking driving profile. 
Higher average and maximum speeds. 
More realistic ambient temperatures. 



Author

Martina Giobbio

Like, many in her generation, Martina is very passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future. Though she is new to the electric driving sector, her drive to learn and contribute is unparalleled. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Italian Humanities and a Master Degree in Communication from the University of Milan. She has previously worked in press offices and a publishing house. She loves writing and reading.

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