Motor (Australia)

ITALY’S LAST GASP

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ON THE OTHER end of the EV spectrum are a trio of Italian Supercar manufactur­ers; Ferrari, Lamborghin­i and Pagani. While each brand has its own electrific­ation plans, Italy’s minister for ecological transition Roberto Cingolani is pushing the trio to be exempt from the EU’s impending EV mandate.

The Italian politician and former Ferrari non-executive board member told Bloomberg that the European Union’s 2035 blanket ban on petrol engines shouldn’t apply to supercar manufactur­ers with low production numbers. “This is something we are discussing with other partners in Europe and I am convinced there will be not be a problem,” he said.

Ferrari is expected to launch its first fully electric vehicle in 2025, while Lamborghin­i has announced all models after 2025 to be plugin hybrids with a BEV supercar due before the end of the decade. Pagani is exploring building an allelectri­c vehicle in conjunctio­n with Mercedes-AMG from 2025 onwards.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume fired back at the Italian bureaucrat, telling Bloomberg “electric in the next decade will be unbeatable.”

“De-carbonizat­ion is a global question and everybody has to contribute.”

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