Lamborghini, the Italian company that makes popular high performance cars is also going electric. It plans to transition before 2030. The company, a division of Volkswagen, revealed its blueprint for decarbonization of its future models and of its plant at Sant’Agata Bolognese, which serves as its headquarters in Italy.
The plan is to move to hybrid models before launching a fully electric model after 2025. Until the end of 2022, Lamborghini will continue to make gas powered performance cars, with two of them to be announced this year. After that would come the transition to hybrids, which would last till the end of 2024. In this period, Lamborghini will make hybrid versions of its existing ICE models, such as the Aventador, Huracan and Urus. From then on, Lamborghini will only make fully electric cars.
Lamborghini has dedicated more than 1.83 billion dollars to fund its hybridization program, for a period of four years. It would be the biggest financial commitment ever made by the company but it is ready to spend the money as it marks a crucial point in the history of the automotive industry.
The car maker has estimated the savings to the environment that just the hybridization program would make and even mapped out how its engineers would approach the transition:
“Performance and the authentic Lamborghini driving experience will remain the focus of the company’s engineers and technicians in developing new technologies, and the application of lightweight carbon fiber materials will be crucial in compensating for weight due to electrification. The company’s internal target for this phase is to reduce product CO2 emissions by 50% by the beginning of 2025.”
The final phase, coming after 2024, would see the introduction of the first fully electric Lamborghini model and that would require Lamborghini to rethink many of its car tech:
“The second part of the decade will be dedicated to full-electric vehicles,” the company said, with technological innovation in this phase “oriented towards ensuring remarkable performance, and positioning the new product at the top of its segment.”
President and CEO of Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, explains why his company is making such a move and the balance it has to strike: “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. Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant’Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA.”