Italian luxury car maker will spearhead Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' push for electrification, starting with the Alfieri

Every new Maserati will use some form of electric propulsion from 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne has revealed.

During a conference call with investors, the boss of Maserati’s parent company said the brand would now spearhead the wider group’s push to electric, which will see more than half of FCA's range use some form of electric power by 2022.

FCA's brands, which also include Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler and Dodge, will all benefit from the new electric plan. Marchionne said Maserati will switch almost all of its investment in powertrains to electric after “it completes the development of its next two models”.

The first new electrified Maserati is predicted to arrive in 2020 and will be based on the Alfieri concept that made its debut at the Geneva motor show in 2014. The all-electric model is a two-seater sports car that will use a new platform.

Before then, Maserati will hybridise several of its current models, with the Levante SUV model most likely to introduce a plug-in hybrid drivetrain to the range. As Maserati Europe boss Giulio Pastore told Autocar last year: “The current platform allows for hybrid. We are working on it for 2019, when we will be ready to offer hybridisation."

Marchionne said that FCA has been hesitant to invest in electric until now due to uncertainty, stating: “We [FCA] have been reluctant to embrace that avenue until we saw clearer the path forward."

Despite being part of its planning process, Marchionne will not head FCA during this push to electric. The 65-year-old Italian-Canadian announced that he will retire at the end of 2019.

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31 July 2017

What is this new platform? Surely it is related to the Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia and Stelvio?

31 July 2017

your headline is missleading, i know its on purpose to scare people, but they are making them all Hybrid, not Electric. Stop annoying your loyal readers.

31 July 2017

oh look the title changed lol

31 July 2017

 

 

Any large scale move to electric/hybrid power will result in powercuts due to the shortage of power generating capacity, especially in the UK.

And what are the toxic waste implicattions of  a mountain of spent lithium batteries? How long will lithium supplies last if mankind has an all electric fleet? What are we going to run our tech gagets on when lithium runs out? 

31 July 2017

"large scale move to electric/hybrid power" - won't happen overnight (unlike when people who charge HeHe). An average 50 miles a day will need around 10KWh (Sunday roast and 2 electric showers), Look how Norway copes.

'mountains of waste lithum' :- even the cases of EV batteries are recycled, but if you find any EV batteries in a bin let me know as they're worth money (even depleated ones) .

 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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