Ferrari CEO shrugs off concerns about EV performance


A Ferrari photographed in Switzerland on March 2, 2015. The Italian company plans to launch a fully electric vehicle in 2025.

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The CEO of Ferrari on Tuesday moved to allay fears the firm’s upcoming electric offering will compromise on performance, telling CNBC the luxury carmaker had a “deep understanding” of vehicle dynamics.

In an interview with CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche, Benedetto Vigna was asked about the weight of batteries used in an EV, and if an electric model would be able to preserve the feel, power and aerodynamics of a Ferrari.

“In terms of drive, in terms of … vehicle dynamics, we can manage this additional weight,” he said.

“It’s true, we have a few 100 kilos more than a regular ICE car for the same kind of horsepower, but what really … reassures me is the fact that we have [a] deep understanding of the vehicle dynamics.”

“Consider today, a lot of cars have, more or less, access to the same electronic chips,” Vigna said.

“But we in Ferrari … the engineers in Ferrari, are able to provide something that is unique, that is distinctive.”

“So it’s a challenge,” he went on to state, “but we see it as an opportunity … to continue to make something unique.”

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Ferrari plans to launch a fully electric car in 2025, although internal combustion engines are still set to play a significant role in its future.

The company has said ICEs will have a 40% share in its “product offering” by the year 2026, with hybrid and fully electric vehicles making up 60%. By 2030, it wants ICEs to make up 20% of its offering, with hybrid and fully electric vehicles each having a 40% share.

On its plans for EVs, Ferrari says its battery cells are to be assembled in Maranello, Italy. “The handcrafted battery modules will be integrated into the chassis of cars in a process focused on reducing the weight of the vehicle,” it says.

Other luxury carmakers, such as Volkswagen-owned Bentley Motors and BMW’s Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, are also developing electrification strategies.

All of the above comes at a time when major European economies are laying out plans to move away from road-based vehicles that use diesel and gasoline.

The U.K. wants to stop the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030, for example. It will require, from 2035, all new cars and vans to have zero-tailpipe emissions.

The European Union — which the U.K. left on Jan. 31, 2020 — is pursuing similar targets.



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