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Here's Why A Fully Electric Lamborghini May Never Happen

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We may never get an EV Lamborghini, and that's just fine.

As hybrids and electric vehicles become more mainstream, even supercar makers like Lamborghini have begun to discuss electrification in their lineups. Lamborghini has already confirmed to Automotive News Europe that a plug-in version of the Urus will arrive in 18 months, and hybrid replacements for the Aventador and Huracan are also on the way. Hybrid vehicles will play a major role in Lamborghini's future, but it seems a fully electric model may be out of the question according to Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer, Maurizio Reggiani.

Reggiani said "Our target is to deliver a super sports car, and these specifications don't exist with a battery package in terms of energy and power." For example, a Lamborghini supercar should be able to achieve a 186 mph top speed and complete three laps of the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. Most EVs struggle to edge close to 200 mph, and to finish three full laps of the 12.9-mile Nurburgring track would be difficult without running out of battery. Lamborghini is currently working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a three-year partnership to develop better battery technology with improved storage capability.

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The lab tests with MIT will conclude in 2019, after which Lamborghini "can start to think about what this sort of [EV] car would be," Reggiani said. Even if the battery technology is improved, Reggiani said there is another factor which may prevent an EV Lamborghini from happening: sound. A super sports car is an emotion," Reggiani said. "It must be perceivable based on acceleration, the emotion the car must give you." An electric car may be fast, but it can't deliver the sheer emotion of Lamborghini's V10 or V12 engines. For those reasons, Lamborghini cars will continue to have internal combustion engines, at least for now.