It is not unknown to us that Sergio Marchionne doesn’t like electric vehicles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO and Ferrari Chairman also confirmed recently that an electric version of Ferrari is not in their horizon. This news surfaced on Automotive News and it was disclosed during Ferrari’s annual general meeting. He announced that they don’t have any electric vehicles in their next year plan that runs through 2022. Sergio Marchionne also added that electric vehicles aren’t relevant for them as of yet. This statement is quite interesting as Lamborghini also disclosed that they won’t offer electric vehicles until 2026.
Sergio Marchionne disdain for electric vehicles is not new as he previously begged customer not to purchase Fiat 500e. He had said at that point of time was that he wasn’t sure whether it would recover the cost and had dismissive views on its profit. Nonetheless, he was open to an idea about an electric Ferrari. Sergio Marchionne said if there is a scope of electric supercar to be built then Ferrari would the first in line. The online magazine added news that was regarding electrified vehicles. It is branded as potential risk to their profitability.
Only time will tell whether if electric powertrains might become an important factor for supercar customers in future. Nonetheless, Ferrari is focusing on hybrid technology and Sergio Marchionne stated that they are discussing and debating which model will receive hybrid powertrain. He added that first mainstream hybrid model will make its debut at next year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Not much is known about it, but a 488 GTB prototype was seen accelerating at the Fiorano Circuit.