This was confirmed by the company's Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne who was quoted as saying, "If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be the first".
This is the first indication from the legendary Italian manufacturer of its plans to build an electric supercar, though in 2016 Marchionne did state that it's the company's vision to have hybrid models of every Ferrari auto by 2019. Will they be able to surpass the specs of a Tesla Roadster II? He went on to praise Elon Musk and Tesla for what they have accomplished, adding that "it's doable by all of us".
Ferrari is the latest traditional auto company to throw its hat into the electric ring, as it tries desperately to catch up with the unstoppable force that is Elon Musk's Tesla.
The plan would be a significant change of direction for Marchionne and Ferrari.
Now he announces that Ferrari is working an electric supercar. In order to develop the EV, Ferrari will begin with more hybrid models to make the switch to full electrification easier. In fact, Tesla's Model S P100D already accelerates quicker than any Ferrari.
Marchionne also said that the future of cars will be electric.
Forget about the next-gen Roadster or even the original Roadster, which came out in 2008 and some considered a supercar, but there have been plenty of electric supercars since, like Rimac's Concept_One, Nio's EP9, and others. The Ferrari exec also made an interesting prediction. As electric cars grow in popularity, and as an increasing amount of the world's energy is generated from renewable sources, petroleum-based fuels will increasingly be seen as socially irresponsible and undesirable. It's just unfortunate that it took so long.
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