Alfa Romeo will introduce a hybrid model in a few years’ time, but rather than using an electric drive system to aid in fuel economy, all future Alfa hybrids will be performance models.
Chief technical officer at Alfa Romeo, Roberto Fedeli, told Yahoo.co.uk at this week’s 2017 Geneva Motor Show that he envisions a future Alfa Romeo hybrid that can adjust its performance via the automaker’s ‘DNA’ drive-mode selector. For example, the car may have an eco-friendly hybrid mode, but would also be able to use the electric drive system to tap extra performance when put into ‘Dynamic’ mode.
“I can imagine a performance hybrid that drivers could choose to make more exciting when they wanted using the DNA switch in the car,” said Fedeli.
The Italian engineer said the significant weight of lithium-ion batteries is holding the automaker back from producing hybrids. Weight is a good way to ruin a car’s driving dynamics, a fact Alfa surely knows, so until batteries can lighter, Alfa won’t be sticking any batteries in the floors of its vehicles.
“Alfa Romeo hybrids will have to be performance models but weight is currently the issue,” he said. “When batteries are light enough we will use them to boost performance and excitement across our range.”