Lamborghini will make the biggest investment in its 58-year history by spending more than €1.5-billion (R21 billion) to electrify its range of cars and launch a fully-electric model in the second half of the decade, the company’s CEO announced.
Stephen Winkelmann unveiled Towards Cor Tauri, a electrification road map that includes the decarbonisation of future models and the Italian supercar maker’s Sant’Agata Bolognese manufacturing site. The company says it will reduce its carbon emissions by half in the next four years.
For now, the focus is on two new cars in the V12 model line-up that will be announced this year.
2023 will mark the introduction of Lamborghini’s first series production hybrid model and has earmarked the end of 2024 for the entire range to be ‘electrified’. The first non-combustion engined Lamborghini will only be available from after 2025, it said.
Winkelmann said: “Lamborghini’s electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects.”
As it moves into a new phase of producing vehicles, Lamborghini says its focus will not shift from guaranteeing “top performance and driving dynamics”, in keeping with the marque’s tradition.
The Audi-owned company dipped its toe into the proverbial water by unveiling a hybrid-powered Sian (pictured below) model in 2019, that was capable of a whopping 602 kW from its electrified V12 engine. Only 60 were made, and all sold out before Lamborghini started building the models.
The company’s sales were down to 7 430 cars in 2020 from 8 205 the year before as the plant remain closed for 70 days due to the coronavirus lockdown regulations.