A silent Ferrari could be coming.
When the Ferrari LaFerrari and its contemporaries were released back in 2013, they completely changed people's perspectives on how hybrid technology could be used. Just a few years later, the new Ferrari SF90 Stradale advances hybrid technology even further with a 4.0-liter V8 and two front-mounted electric motors combining to produce 986 horsepower. And unlike LaFerrari, the SF90 will be able to driven on electric power alone.
This is a big deal for Ferrari, who previously claimed it didn't want the LaFerrari to be driven without the sound of the V12. But speaking with Reuters during lunch at Ferrari's Maranello factory, CEO Louis Camilleri revealed that an all-electric model could soon be in the works.
Ferrari will soon face competition from a variety of EV supercars like the Lotus Evija, the Rimac C_Two, and the rumored McLaren EV. But even with these cars on the horizon, Camilleri said Ferrari would stick with hybrid powertrains on its supercars for the "current foreseeable future." He also noted that the company is "certainly" open to an electric grand touring model.
"My sense is the electric will come out after 2025. The battery technology is not where it should be yet," Camilleri told reporters. "There are still significant issues in terms of autonomy, in terms of speed of recharging. So eventually we will come out with one. But it's post-2025. Not in the short term," he added.
Ferrari says it will take a break from releasing new models in 2020 as the company gives its customers time to become acquainted with its new models. The first Ferrari SUV, the Purosangue, should be revealed in 2021 along with 10 other yet-to-be-revealed models by 2022. We hoped Ferrari would never cave into the pressure of building an electric car but sooner or later, there will be Prancing Horse without a massive V8 or V12 under the hood. Just don't expect it to arrive any time soon.