An all-electric Ferrari is not on the Italian sportscar maker’s radar, according to a new report from Automotive News Europe. Instead, Ferrari will continue to focus on its first step in electrification: hybrids.
Ferrari’s chief technology officer, Michael Leiters, believes an all-electric Ferrari simply isn’t feasible with today’s technology and batteries. Ferrari has also built a brand on driving pleasure, which arguably includes the sweet sound of its V8 and V12 engines.
“There is a need for more time, more innovation to get the same performance, and, what’s even more challenging, to get the same driving pleasure that we have today,” Leiters, said. “Just think of the sound and things like that which are essential for us. For us the first step is hybridization.”
Automakers across the industry have echoed a similar sentiment. Current batteries are not sufficient to pull incredible amounts of charge from without damaging the overall life of the battery.
In the meantime, enthusiasts can take solace in one other thing: Ferrari has absolutely no plans to turbocharge its V12 engines. V8s? Yes, but not the marque’s hallmark V12s.