Alfa goes green

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Alfa Romeo has hinted that its en­tire model line-up will fea­ture some form of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion by 2020.

Such a move would align the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer, part of Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles (FCA), with other car mak­ers such as Volvo, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – all of which have con­firmed plans to elec­trify their prod­ucts by the early to mid-2020s.

In­creas­ingly strict emis­sions reg­u­la­tions and the UK Gov­ern­ment’s plans to ban the sale of new con­ven­tional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 will no doubt have a strong in­flu­ence over Alfa Romeo’s elec­tric plans.

Speak­ing at the UK launch of the new Stelvio SUV, Alfa Romeo coun­try man­ager An­drew Tracey said: “I think you can ex­pect an elec­tri­fied ver­sion of ev­ery­thing.

“By 2020, no one will meet the reg­u­la­tions un­less they have some sort of al­ter­na­tive pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy. We have tests and pi­lots go­ing on in the US across FCA.

“That will in­evitably come to Europe and the UK within that sort of timescale.”

This means that elec­tri­fied ver­sions of the Gi­u­lia sa­loon and Stelvio SUV could be just around the cor­ner.

It would seem that plans for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion are also in the works in the wider FCA group, which in­cor­po­rates brands such as Fiat, Maserati and Jeep.

In Au­gust, Ser­gio Mar­chionne, CEO of FCA, sug­gested one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s brands is likely to en­ter the For­mula E race se­ries. Reports in­di­cate that Maserati, whose cars will be elec­tri­fied by 2019, is pit­ted to be a strong favourite to take on the race se­ries.

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