Ferrari has delayed its plans for an electric supercar until at least the end of 2022, according to reports.
Chairman Sergio Marchionne had told media at the Detroit Motor Show that “if there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first.” No one mention the Rimac C_Two, the Nio EP9 or the Xing Mobility Roadster, assuming that last one ever actually gets built.
According to Automotive News, Ferrari’s annual meeting on 13 April contained a reference to the 2017 business report, saying that “pure electric cars may become the prevalent technology for performance sports cars, thereby displacing hybrid models.”
But that doesn’t look to be influencing production policy. At the same meeting Marchionne is quoted as saying an EV simply isn’t relevant to Ferrari at the moment. Its current business plan runs to 2022, and EVs do not feature. The earliest we could expect an all-electric car bearing the Prancing Horse could therefore be five years from now.
Ferrari does say, however, that it needs to add more hybrids to its range, and there is said to be a fierce internal debate as to which models will be electrified. We can easily imagine an impassioned Italian defence of the 488’s non-hybrid status, for example, while the gorgeous Portofino grand tourer would be a more natural fit.
Meanwhile, Porsche will start selling a Mission E-based sports EV in 2019. An electric supercar could follow on its heels.
Source: Automotive News