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Lamborghini R&D chief says “not the suitable time” for electrical supercar

Lamborghini in 2021 confirmed plans to launch an EV later this decade as a fourth mannequin line, however do not depend on it being a supercar.

In an interview with Motor1 revealed on Monday, Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini’s R&D chief, mentioned EV expertise hasn’t superior to the purpose the place it’s really prepared for supercar functions. He additionally mentioned it nonetheless may not be prepared even 5 or 6 years down the road.

“On the tremendous sports activities automobile, we imagine that for the time being it’s not the suitable time [for EVs], and likewise most likely the following 5, six years,” he mentioned.

The explanation? It is not a scarcity of tempo, as firms like Rimac and Lotus have demonstrated with their respective Nevera and Evija electrical hypercars, however moderately the heavy weight of EVs and their lack of constant efficiency.

Rouven Mohr

Rouven Mohr

“We wish to keep away from this extra weight,” he mentioned. “We wish to keep away from the efficiency relying strongly on the state of the cost of the battery and on the temperature.”

Lamborghini hasn’t mentioned what kind its first EV will take, however former CEO Stefano Domenicali in 2019 hinted at a fourth mannequin line seemingly being a 2+2 grand tourer, one thing akin to a contemporary Espada.

Lamborghini may also add electrification to its subsequent era of supercars. A successor to the Aventador due out within the spring will function a newly developed V-12 engine together with plug-in hybrid expertise. The eventual successor to the Huracán can also be anticipated to go down the plug-in hybrid route, although maybe with a turbocharged V-8 as an alternative of the Huracán’s V-10.

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