An electric Ferrari is likely in the future, but the Italian marque now says that such a model is at least as far out as 2022, Automotive News reports. Previously, it was indicated that such a model could be a part of the company’s 2018-2022 business plan, but CEO Sergio Marchionne said earlier this month that introducing a pure-electric model is not a priority for the company.
A Ferrari EV is “not relevant at the moment,” Marchionne said at a company meeting. He said that if there is to be a pure-electric Ferrari, it will be announced after the completion of the company’s 2018-2022 business plan. Earlier in the year, the executive seemed to have a greater sense of urgency with regard to EVs, saying as recently as the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January: “If there’s an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first.”
Marchionne’s stance on the prospect of a pure-electric Ferrari has evolved a great deal; he once referred to the concept as “almost obscene,” saying: “You’ll have to shoot me first.” The executive, who also serves as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, appears similarly skeptical in that role, suggesting at this year’s Detroit Auto Show that rival automakers committing billions of dollars to the development of new battery-electric and autonomous vehicles aren’t acting pragmatically.
Ferrari, whose experience in electrified vehicle powertrains has so far been limited to the super-rare LaFerrari and LaFerrari Aperta version, will debut its first series production hybrid at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the CEO says.