Luxury vehicles and electrification are a seemingly ideal combination, with the smooth and quiet qualities of luxury cars aligning well with electric powertrains. However, not all electric powertrains offer the same level of silence, and higher spending on an EV doesn’t always guarantee a proportional increase in driving range.
The recently unveiled EPA numbers for Rolls-Royce’s inaugural EV, the 2024 Spectre, may raise eyebrows. Priced at $422,750, the Spectre’s range is not significantly more impressive than some considerably more affordable electric vehicles.
The EPA’s assessment reveals that the Spectre Black Badge, equipped with 23-inch wheels, has the lowest rating, boasting an estimated range of 264 miles. Opting for the standard version with 22-inch wheels increases this figure slightly to 280 miles. Surprisingly, the standard Spectre, also with 22-inch wheels, leads the range estimates with a maximum of 291 miles.
These figures place the Spectre in a comparable range with the BMW i7, a vehicle it shares a 102.0-kWh battery with. During a 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, the BMW i7 xDrive60, equipped with 21-inch wheels, managed to achieve 260 miles.
While the Spectre’s range may not outshine its competitors, the question arises – does it matter? Despite the potential to spend significantly less on electric vehicles like the Genesis Electrified G80, boasting an EPA-estimated range of 282 miles, Rolls-Royce customers might not prioritize surpassing the 300-mile mark. For shorter trips, alternative luxurious modes of transport may be preferred, while longer journeys could see Rolls-Royce owners opting for other means of travel.
For a Rolls-Royce customer, range may not be the primary consideration; instead, it’s all about luxury. As described after the first drive earlier this year, the Spectre impresses with its silence, creating an experience that challenges every other vehicle on the market, including the rest of the Rolls-Royce lineup.