British luxury automobile brand Rolls-Royce has unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV), a car named ‘Spectre.’ This marks the first step towards the carmaker’s target of becoming an all-electric brand by 2030.
With their entry into the luxury electric car market, Rolls-Royce will now compete with other big players like Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, et al.
While Tesla started the revolution a decade ago, plenty of manufacturers are now desperate to be seen to be at the very forefront of it, and competition is growing fierce.
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In 2021, the century-old British carmaker announced that it would transition to a fully electrified product line-up by 2030. At the same time, the company revealed that the Spectre had begun on-road testing. In April 2022, the Spectre completed its winter testing close to the Arctic Circle.
With 577bhp and 664lb ft of torque, the Spectre will get from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds. A massive 102kWh battery will offer around 320 miles of range and Rolls-Royce says the Spectre should achieve an efficiency of around 2.9 miles per kWh.
2. Mercedes EQS
Mercedes’ first dedicated EV, the EQC SUV, was introduced in 2019. Built on a brand-new model platform, the EQS is a luxury EV without compromise.
The stellar electric sedan with a 445 km range sets the benchmark for other luxury automakers looking to create a powerful, quiet, and luxurious battery-powered sedan.
The slippery aerodynamics help the EQS achieve 547 (563 for the RWD 480 version, 554 kms for the AMG version) kms of EPA range on its 108kWh battery.
3. Porsche Taycan
The 2022 Taycan and Taycan Sport Turismo are the first electric GTS models in the brand’s history.
The sports car with Porsche DNA comes with a sleek design and high performance. It is capable of running 354 km on a single charge.
Porsche is offering the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo variants in India. The Taycan is available in four variants – standard, 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The Taycan Cross Turismo is offered in three variants – 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S.
Inspired by the iconic 911 of the 1960s, the Taycan gets the signature sporty characteristics of its IC engine-powered siblings. These include the headlamps with four LED DRL elements and a full-width light bar at the rear. The most attractive highlights are the inverted L-shaped LED headlamps with familiar four-pointed integrated LED DRLs.
4. Audi E-tron
The Audi E-tron is powered by a separate electric motor per axle and develops 402bhp and 487lb ft of torque in ‘boost’ driving mode.
The E-tron offers a range of 400 km. In day-to-day use, expect to see between 337 and 354 km before the battery goes flat.
5. Tesla Model S
The car that convinced the world that electric vehicles could be a viable alternative to combustion-engined vehicles and catapulted the EV into the luxury car market.
The Tesla Model S currently comes in two different AWD trims – a dual-motor Long Range and a tri-motor Plaid.
The newly refreshed Model S Long Range offers an EPA estimated range of 405 miles, can hit a top speed of 155 mph, and can travel from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
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