In the world of motoring its hard to keep a new car secret given the need to get a car out on the roads for testing, which is why tonight Rolls Royce announce their first fully electric car will be available in the last quarter of 2023.

That’s two years away, but that time will fly as the pre-production models most surely take to the roads in the year ahead and spy photographs start leaking online.

For now though, we have this:

And this:

Images supplied by Rolls-Royce to help spark the imagination of what might be to come.

It will be called the Rolls-Royce Spectre, an all new model name, fullfilling a promise by the company CEO to bring an electric car to market this decade, but also amazingly, a prophecy of the founder Charles Rolls from way back in 1900.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said “Today is the most significant day in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 4th May, 1904. On that date, our founding fathers, Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce, first met and agreed that they were going to create ‘the best motor car in the world’. 

“Using the most advanced technology available to them at the time and by applying their remarkable engineering minds, these two pioneers elevated early internal combustion engine cars, from noisy, uncomfortable and rudimentary means of transportation, by setting a completely new benchmark of distinction. 

“The cars they created, introduced to the world a true luxury experience and secured for Rolls-Royce the ultimate pinnacle position that it continues to occupy, unchallenged, to this day.  The marque has continued to define the very best in internal combustion motoring for more than a century.

“Today, 117 years later, I am proud to announce that Rolls-Royce is to begin the on-road testing programme for an extraordinary new product that will elevate the global all-electric car revolution and create the first – and finest – super-luxury product of its type. This is not a prototype. It’s the real thing, it will be tested in plain sight and our clients will take first deliveries of the car in the fourth quarter of 2023.”

That staggering prophecy from over 100 years ago was all about the electric motor, and how Charles Rolls had experienced a car named the Columbia and declared the electric drive, for it’s silence among other features to be “ideal”

Mr Rolls said, ‘The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged. But for now, I do not anticipate that they will be very serviceable – at least for many years to come.’ He was right.

And now, here we are, in the midst of another revolution in motoring.

The Spectre will be a critical model for Rolls-Royce, as it’s not just this model for the future. The company says that by 2030 all Rolls-Royce Products will be fully electric. An enormous commitment for such a heritage brand.

So if you ever doubted our electric future, here it is, at the pinnacle of motoring.