ITALY’S LAST GASP
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.”