Die-hard Ferrari enthusiasts are probably living a nightmare right now.
The Italian automaker has already confirmed it’s working on an SUV and it will arrive by late 2019 or early 2020, and now CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t ruling out the idea of an all-electric supercar. Speaking to reporters at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Marchionne said, “If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first. People are amazed at what Tesla did with a supercar. I’m not trying to minimize what Elon did, but I think it’s doable by all of us.”
Marchionne is of course, referring to the new Tesla Roadster that recently debuted, claiming a zero-to-60 time of 1.9 seconds. The CEO might want to double check his facts though, as there are quite a few electric supercars already being built, so Ferrari will hardly be the first.
He went on to say a new plan for the automaker will be released in the first half of this year, and it will include hybrid cars. And once Ferrari focuses more heavily on hybrids, “going from there to an electric is easy,” claims Marchionne.
The CEO has been known to be skeptical of alternative engines and new technologies, famously going on record asking people not to purchase the Fiat 500e because he loses money on each one. But now, he’s saying the time is right for a shift in the industry and believes that by 2025, fewer than half the cars sold will be fully combustion-powered.
[Source: Automotive News]
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