Lamborghini has become the latest manufacturer to outline a plan towards electrification but has not set a date to kill off its combustion engines.
Lamborghini has outlined a plan to transition to hybrid and fully-electric powertrains amid increased regulation pressure in Europe.
The transition has already begun with the launch of the Sián in 2019. which paired a V12 with an e-motor powered by a supercapacitor.
Lamborghini says it plans to further integrate hybrid technology into its lineup until all its models feature some form of electric power by the end of 2024.
By 2030, Lamborghini plans to launch a fourth model in the range alongside the Aventador, Huracan and Urus that will run exclusively on electric power.
While not giving much away, the Italian manufacturer said it would be developing a range of new technologies and focusing on the use of carbon fibre materials to offset the current weight disadvantage of electrified drivetrains.
To achieve this goal, the key performance arm of the Volkswagen Group will invest 1.5 billion Euros (around AUD $2.4 billion) over a four year period, in the single biggest investment in the brand’s history.
In the more immediate future, Lamborghini will announce two new V12-powered models by the end of the year to celebrate its long association with combustion engines.
Stephan Winkelmann, the CEO of Lamborghini, stressed that it was a necessary step that was part of a holistic approach to dramatically lower the emissions that its products produced.
“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.”
Unlike sister brand Bentley, Lamborghini has yet to set a firm date when it would transition to fully electric drivetrains, while the former will kill off its combustion engines by 2030.
The news comes as parts of Europe, including the UK, move to ban the sale of combustion-powered cars by 2035 in what has sparked a domino effect from brands such as Honda, Chevrolet and Mini to mark a date when they will fully transition to either electric or hydrogen technology.
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