Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, of the BMW Group, announces the start of “street” tests with the first 100% electric car, which will reach the market at the end of 2023, after an estimated evaluation of 2.5 million kilometers – equivalent to Years 400 of use.
Come to think of it, electric cars and Rolls-Royce are really about that. After all, the English brand was known, even in the first decades of the 20th century, for building very reliable cars (something not very common until then) and silent cars that have names like “silver ghost”, “silver shadow” (Silver Shadow) and others of that kind exactly for that reason.
According to the CEO of Rolls-Royce, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the choice of the name of the new model, although unprecedented, followed the same logic: “It had to be a strong and exciting name, just like the other models that have fully served us in last century – like Phantom, Ghost and Wraith. It adapts perfectly to the unique and sacred environment where our products are located, “says the executive.
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Not by chance, one of its founders, Charles Rolls, back in April 1900, predicted that the future would belong to this type of car. He had just driven a battery powered model called the Columbia and was impressed by how quiet and clean the car was.
“There is no smell or vibration and it will be very important when the charging stations are a reality. But I don’t believe they are working right now, at least for many years,” he said.
It is worth remembering that, in fact, electric cars have been popular in the North American market until the mid-1920s, when the industry ended up opting for combustion engines, mainly for reasons related to freedom and ease of distribution.
With the new car, Rolls intends to mark the beginning of the process of electrification of its entire product portfolio, planned for 2030.
The company did not provide further details about the Specter’s motion, battery, performance or range. Keeping numbers like horsepower and torque a secret, by the way, is also one of Rolls-Royce’s hallmarks which, until the end of the last century, used to fill these gaps in their databases with words like “enough”.
But it is possible that the same technology used in the most expensive cars in BMW’s electric range will be used, which already powers the combustion engines of other current RR models. Of course, only very high luxury and prices are above the most expensive part of the market.
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