Currently reading: Ferrari says first EV will pioneer new technology
Italian marque's highly anticipated electric supercar will only arrive once technology is sophisticated enough
James Attwood, digital editor
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15 May 2020

The first electric Ferrari, which is tipped to arrive after 2025, will utilise new technology to ensure it can deliver on the brand’s heritage, commercial boss Enrico Galliera has said.

The Italian firm has yet to confirm any plans or a timeline for its first EV, although leaked patents earlier this year hint that it’s working on a four-wheel-drive two-seater with a motor mounted to each wheel.

Galliera ruled out an electric Ferrari for at least five years and was adamant that this plan wouldn’t be accelerated by the arrival of new luxury super-EV makers such as Pininfarina.

“There are some competitors entering the market with new technology that we will look at, but will that be a problem to Ferrari? I think not, because of the specific niche Ferrari targets,” Galliera told Autocar.

“And will that trigger interest in that market for Ferrari? No. We firmly believe that battery technology is not yet developed enough to meet the needs of a supercar. In the next five years, we do not believe the technology will be able to meet the needs of a Ferrari.”

However, when asked if the company would be able to continue to operate in the UK if the planned sales ban on non-electric cars is introduced in 2032, Galliera said: “We will meet all the regulations that will come into force to compete in a market, and we don’t believe that such regulations will force us to make special plans.”

Galliera didn’t rule out a Ferrari EV but said the timeline for one is purely dependent on technical developments.

He said: “As soon as electrified technology is developed, that will allow us to produce a car that fits with our position. Then why not? But the key is the technology: we will not just make a Ferrari that’s electric for the sake of it.

“If we bring in new technology, then we need to bring something new to the market. That’s how Ferrari has always worked with new technology. The evolution of new technology is 100% in the DNA of Ferrari.”

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Galliera added that the new SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid has shown that Ferrari buyers are open to electrified technology, saying: “We have clients who love using EV mode early in the morning to leave the house silently, then can use the engine and hear the Ferrari sound on the road.”

Engine noise has long been a key part of Ferrari’s ‘emotional’ offering. When asked how the firm will deal with this for an EV, Galliera said: “That is a very interesting question. We are working hard on this, but I will not say if we have yet found the solution or not.

“But when the time comes for Ferrari to do, it will have an answer – and I promise you it will be an elegant answer.”

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15 May 2020

 Yep, a very metered response to the questions, very confident, assured, saying a car won't appear till 2025 gives Ferrari and technology space to have developed on from today's latest tech to power cars, it will be interesting in how Ferrari make an EV car sound compared to the synthetic ones of today.

15 May 2020

In other words we can not replicate what Porsche have by 2020 till 2025 or later.  Hope it's better than their cheating F1 effort either way

16 May 2020
xxxx wrote:

In other words we can not replicate what Porsche have by 2020 till 2025 or later.  Hope it's better than their cheating F1 effort either way

Oh please stop talking nonsense. You do realize that if any Taycan is to be used at even a quarter of its potential its range is pretty much useless? Its claimed range is unremarkable either. Now try again, this time armed with a bit of actual knowledge.

16 May 2020
manicm wrote:

xxxx wrote:

In other words we can not replicate what Porsche have by 2020 till 2025 or later.  Hope it's better than their cheating F1 effort either way

Oh please stop talking nonsense. You do realize that if any Taycan is to be used at even a quarter of its potential its range is pretty much useless? Its claimed range is unremarkable either. Now try again, this time armed with a bit of actual knowledge.

A quarter of it's potential and it's range is pretty much useless, have you any idea how dumb this statement is?, it's a suberb car that uses a quarter of it's ability most of time inthe real world for a 150 miles at a time, then recharge in 30 minutes.   For someone like you who are so against BEV I'd keep quiet on subject. Jog on yourself, Ferrari like you are off the mark

16 May 2020
xxxx wrote:

manicm wrote:

xxxx wrote:

In other words we can not replicate what Porsche have by 2020 till 2025 or later.  Hope it's better than their cheating F1 effort either way

Oh please stop talking nonsense. You do realize that if any Taycan is to be used at even a quarter of its potential its range is pretty much useless? Its claimed range is unremarkable either. Now try again, this time armed with a bit of actual knowledge.

A quarter of it's potential and it's range is pretty much useless, have you any idea how dumb this statement is?, it's a suberb car that uses a quarter of it's ability most of time inthe real world for a 150 miles at a time, then recharge in 30 minutes.   For someone like you who are so against BEV I'd keep quiet on subject. Jog on yourself, Ferrari like you are off the mark

Recharge in 30 minutes? IF you can find said high voltage charger - chances at moment are next to 0. So you call a 150 mile range great for a family car? Hahahahahahahaha. You must be a sadomasochist.

15 May 2020

I kind of remember someone high up at Ferrari saying they would never build an electric car....

Laughable

 

15 May 2020
lambo58 wrote:

I kind of remember someone high up at Ferrari saying they would never build an electric car....

Laughable

 

 

They said they'd never build an SUV either. I still think the SUV will be a catastrophe for Ferrari.

16 May 2020
scrap wrote:

They said they'd never build an SUV either. I still think the SUV will be a catastrophe for Ferrari.

No it won't. In ethos maybe, but not really. The FF and its GTC facelifts are not selling well - Ferrari refuses to disclose sales figures, and so it needs another stab at a proper 4 seater.

15 May 2020
As eagerly anticipated as the next virus.

15 May 2020

"Engine noise has long been a key part of Ferrari’s ‘emotional’ offering. When asked how the firm will deal with this for an EV, Galliera said: “That is a very interesting question. We are working hard on this, but I will not say if we have yet found the solution or not"

Noise is just a form of inefficiency at least as far as engines are concerned that's why F1 cars are a lot quieter than they used to be. Be interesting to hear what they come up with.

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