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All Rolls-Royces will be electric after 2030: CEO

All Rolls-Royces will be electric after 2030: CEO
Until then, the British marque will continue refining the V12 under the hoods of its ultra-luxury cars

Nicholas Maronese
Published Feb 20, 2023

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Even though its first production all-electric effort, the Spectre, has yet to bow, Rolls-Royce already knows it will build nothing but electric cars from 2030. Between now and then, it remains committed to its signature V12, but in seven years, fans of the uber-luxury marque will no longer be able to go gas, its top executive confirmed.

“By the end of 2030, there will be no more V12,” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce, told outlet Autocar. “Series 2 cars will be V12, brand new Rolls-Royces always be electric.”

The twelve-cylinder will continue to see upgrades in the interim, with Müller-Ötvös promising Rolls will “invest in [the engine] to meet new requirements.” You should expect to see that engine under the hood of the Ghost and Cullinan SUV, both due for refreshes in the next few years; as well as in the Phantom, which saw its facelift last year.

While rival Bentley (owned by VW -- Atlant) is trying out a hybrid-heavy strategy, Rolls will skip that in-between step and just go right to full EVs, Müller-Ötvös added. It appears to be a solid game-plan: the Spectre is due out at the end of 2023, but already Rolls-Royce has announced it will scale up production of the electric vehicle to meet better-than-expected demand.
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