Rolls-Royce to invest millions expanding Sussex manufacturing plant

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Rolls-Royce's Goodwood facility employs more than 2000 people. Photo credit: Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce has pledged to stay true to it’s British roots by investing millions of pounds expanding its Goodwood manufacturing plant.

The British marque reaffirmed its commitment to the Sussex site during the official unveiling of the Spectre model this week – Rolls Royce’s first fully electric car.

In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesised an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it.

Today, more than 120 years later, the time has come for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to fulfil the prophecy of its founding father.

This prophecy could not have been fulfilled without a more recent promise, when Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, made a public commitment to electrification by announcing that he would bring a fully-electric Rolls-Royce to market within the current decade.

Charles Rolls’ prophecy and Torsten Müller-Ötvös’ promise led to an historic moment. In September 2021, the marque confirmed that it had commenced testing of Spectre, the first Rolls-Royce to be conceived and engineered from the very beginning as an electric car.

Spectre is available for commission immediately, with first client deliveries commencing in Q4 2023. Spectre pricing will be positioned between Cullinan and Phantom. Photo credit: Rolls-Royce

To ensure that this transformative motor car was sufficiently prepared for the most demanding consumer in the world – the Rolls-Royce client – the marque devised the most exhaustive testing programme it had ever conceived. Spectre is being subjected to a journey of more than 2.5 million kilometres, simulating more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce.

On its completion in 2023, Spectre will represent a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept and an undertaking completed.

Spectre is not only an historic moment for Rolls-Royce, but also an historic moment for electrification – with Spectre, the marque confirms that the technology has reached a standard that can contain the Rolls-Royce experience.

To that end, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that by the end of 2030 its entire product portfolio will be fully-electric.

Last year Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered 5,586 motor cars to clients around the world, up 49% on the same period in 2020.

This is the highest-ever annual sales results in the British marque’s 117-year history and includes all-time record sales in most regions, including Greater China, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, and in multiple countries across the globe.

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