Wednesday 24 April 2024
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Rolls Royce to release fully electric vehicle

Electric cars are no longer seen as the laughingstock of the vehicular world. Thanks to manufacturers such as Tesla, electric cars are officially cool and nowhere is that more obvious than in the luxury market.

There has been a dramatic increase in demand for luxury electric cars in recent years which has been turbocharged by the recent increase in fuel costs brought on by the war in Ukraine.

The global EV outlook

The global electric vehicle (EV) market looks set to grow to over $5 billion by 2024 and it will only continue rising from there, particularly in the UK, where the creation of new petrol and diesel cars is set to cease in 2030. There are several reasons here: –

Perception – The world was simply not ready for electric cars even a decade ago. Hybrids such as the Toyota Prius existed to lay the groundwork but people were not ready to go fully electric just yet as there wasn’t enough precedent to pick apart.

Infrastructure – Every day, more and more electric charging stations are popping up across the country in car parks, service stations and shopping malls. With the government’s commitment to investment in infrastructure in the coming years, there’s never been a better time to go electric.

Technology – Whereas the first electric cars could travel for little more than a few miles before needing a full charge, a decent modern electric car could comfortably get you halfway up or down the UK before needing a charge. The technology is simply better now and the ability to charge our cars from home has also done wonders for the market.

The Rolls-Royce Spectre

Of course, what might convince maybe luxury car enthusiasts to go electric is the cars themselves and Rolls-Royce recently unveiled its gorgeous electric debut in the shape of the Rolls-Royce Spectre. It’s a little surprising that the manufacturer has taken this long to add some skin into the game given that Charles Rolls himself was fascinated by electric cars as far back as 1900. But they wanted to get it right the first time.

With the entire Rolls-Royce range to be electrified by 2030, they wanted to ensure they were doing something special and the Spectre is a machine of true beauty. The interior uses the latest technology and clever lighting with a new digital architecture designed specifically for the car and it boasts an expected range of up to 320 miles with a staggering 576bhp. For an electric car, that’s quite insane, we think you’ll agree. The exterior, meanwhile, truly needs to be seen to be believed.

If you are salivating at the thought of owning your very own Rolls-Royce Spectre you might want to sort out your gap insurance and start saving now. It’s expected to retail for more than £300,000. But something tells us it’s going to be more than worth it!

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