Lamborghini begins its march forward on electrification with the arrival of plug-in hybrid and 100% electric models. The CEO of the brand, Stephan Winkelmann, gives an update on the strategy of the firm in Taurus in an interview granted to our colleagues at Autocar.
According to him, most customers are now « ready » to switch to hybrid before a switch to 100% electric. The conversion of the entire range to electric has not yet been decided and Lamborghini is still awaiting an official decision from the European Union concerning the famous « Ferrari amendment » which could give a few additional years of respite to certain manufacturers to continue to sell thermal cars, beyond 2035.
« The first objective is to launch two electric cars by 2030. We still have time to decide whether we should keep some of the combustion engines alive or go completely electric. Of course, we will comply with the European Parliament’s statement, but we also have to take into account other markets around the world. Again, we are monitoring the situation closely, it will not be an easy decision to make. »said Stephan Winkelmann.
Lamborghini has confirmed that its first electric model will be a crossover which will arrive in 2028 and which could be called Revuelto according to the first rumors. It would position itself on a different segment from the Urus and could be inspired by the 2008 Estoque concept car.
After the launch of this model, it will be the turn of the second generation of the Lamborghini Urus to point the tip of its nose, a 100% electric model.
« Customer perception is changing. Many people are following the discussions on European regulations and are interested in sustainable technologies. That is why we will first move to hybrid engines. This will allow us to open the door to new customers who will be looking for 100% electric supercars in the future. »
The replacement for the Aventador is out.
However, a total switch to electric for the Huracán and the Aventador does not seem entirely relevant: “At the moment, electric motors are more suitable for models like the crossover and the Urus. Some aspects still need to be analyzed in depth for electric supercars, such as settings, braking feel and power delivery. we’ll work. »
With the Urus, the two sports cars will become plug-in hybrids by 2024, with the aim of halving CO emissions2 of the entire range by 2025. The heir to the Aventador should normally be unveiled in the spring of 2023. Next August, Lamborghini should also present the restyling of the Urus with the arrival of a new PHEV engine.