Challenges of Being an Early Adopter: From Rolls-Royce and Beyond
Rolls-Royce only began shipping the Spectre to the United States in the latter part of last year. However, the limited number of RR electric vehicles present in America are now subject to a recall. The problem revolves around ground connection cables that could potentially have remnants of adhesive on the cable’s connector eyelet.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a safety recall report stating that there have been findings of adhesive residues on the cable connector eyelet that links to the front electric motor. This issue was initially detected on December 20, 2023, during a pre-delivery inspection. The presence of these residues may result in “a rise in electrical resistance at this specific spot, leading to an inadequate ground connection.”
Possible revision:There are potential safety hazards when it comes to vehicle diagnostics, posing a threat of harm to the technician and anyone else involved. In severe cases, there may even be a risk of a thermal incident, such as a fire. However, according to the report, these occurrences are highly uncommon.
Approximately 107 units of the exquisite Rolls-Royce Spectre, which carries a price tag of $420,000, have been identified as having a critical issue with its ground cable connector. While this number may seem insignificant in comparison to the total number of vehicles produced, it represents a significant 90% of all units sold. Fortunately, Rolls-Royce has not received any reports of accidents or injuries caused by this defect.
Upon identification of the issue during Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI), Rolls-Royce has promptly ceased vehicle delivery as a preemptive measure on January 11. This action was taken before the voluntary safety recall was announced, indicating that the issue will not arise again in upcoming models.
Many Rolls-Royce Spectre EVs in the US have been impacted by a recent issue, potentially even the one that was recently sold at an auction for charity. In order to address this problem, the ground cable connector on these vehicles will be detached and visually screened for any evidence of glue residue. If such residue is found, it will be eliminated before the cable is reattached.
Owners can expect to receive notification via first-class mail in the month of March, whereas dealers will be notified directly by Rolls-Royce within a matter of days. However, if you happen to own a Rolls-Royce Spectre, it may be advisable to promptly reach out to your dealer and inquire about the possibility of undergoing the necessary repairs.
In contrast to other car manufacturers, Rolls-Royce has a relatively low number of recalls, with the most recent notable one occurring in 2021 for the Cullinan, Ghost, and Phantom models.