The age of electrification is truly upon us and that affects even supercar makers like Lamborghini and Ferrari. Now, a new report gives us insight into the attitude towards electrification shared by the management at Ferrari and what we can expect over the next few years.
It’s no secret that Ferrari has been making serious steps towards electrification for some time. The LaFerrari famously utilized an emissions-dampening hybrid system all the way back in 2013. Today, four different models, including the new 296 GTB and the blazingly fast SF90 Stradale, are plug-in hybrids.
We also know that the brand plans to unveil its first all-electric vehicle by 2025, a date which is fast approaching. If accounts are correct, it sounds like Ferrari is slowly ramping up to produce quite a number of electrified cars that same year but that they’re also pacing themselves intentionally.
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Last year, the automaker built 11,155 vehicles, or 46 each day, and according to a new report in AutoNews it plans to make 15,000 vehicles, or 65 per day, by 2025 thanks in part to a new production line focused on EVs. That accounts for a 35 percent increase and would contribute to Ferrari’s plan of increasing its core profit margin to between 38 and 40 percent in 2026.
Of course, there are major drawbacks to electrified vehicles with regard to super sports cars, namely weight. Batteries are notably very heavy and in turn that additional weight negatively affects just about every performance metric. Ferrari is reportedly researching solid-state batteries, which would improve power and efficiency, as well as hydrogen fuel cells in an effort to maintain its position as a top performer.
It’s also worth noting that some of Ferrari’s slow pace to openly adopt a specific roadmap makes sense for the brand. Unlike Lamborghini, it doesn’t have the massive support of a corporate partner like the VW Group to back it up and share development costs.
Despite that, Ferrari could beat its Italian rival to the punch if they actually produce an all-electric car by 2025. While Lamborghini has committed to electrifying its entire lineup by that time, it still hasn’t committed to a specific year for its first EV, just that it will be on the road before the end of the decade.