Rolls-Royce to ditch V12 engines, go all-electric by 2030

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“The high torque, the silence, the cleanliness; These are all great things that we really believe work very well with our brand,” a spokesperson said.


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Luxury British car maker Rolls-Royce – famous for its fuel-guzzling V12 petrol engines – has confirmed plans to completely electrify its range by the end of the decade.   

The all-new 2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre coupe – seemingly an indirect successor to the two-door Wraith – will be the brand’s first zero-emission production model (detailed in full here), with customer deliveries promised in the fourth quarter of 2023 (October to December inclusive).

Subsequent models are yet to be announced, however fully-electrified versions of (or successors to) the existing Cullinan SUV, and Phantom and Ghost sedans are all but guaranteed.



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A spokesperson for the brand stopped short of confirming the vehicles, however noted: “We have very much engineering freedom, compared to the rest of the group … I couldn’t [confirm that] for sure, but we do have an adaptable space frame architecture that has worked so well for previous Rolls-Royce models.”

Drivetrain details are also yet to be revealed, however all-electric outputs are expected to exceed those of the existing 6.6- and 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 petrol engines (latter shown above).

“The high torque, the silence, the cleanliness; These are all great things that we really believe work very well with our brand,” the spokesperson added.

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