Lamborghini sets date to go electric, but hybrids will stay

Lamborghini is set to unveil its first electric supercar in 2028, but company CEO Stephan Winklemann says he doesn’t expect his hybrids to go away anytime soon.

As several automakers prove that an all-electric supercar is possible, the brand that is essentially synonymous with performance is finally setting a date for its EV release.

Companies like Rimac are launching electric hypercars like the Nevera with 0-60mph capabilities in 1.85 seconds.

In January, Lamborghini’s CEO claimed that 2022 would be the last year we would see a new gasoline-only Lambo hit the market. From 2023, Winklemann says Lamborghini will only launch hybrid electric (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles as it progresses to a purely electric model.

Lamborghini is spending $1.8 billion on a four-year electrification transformation, which includes a few fan-favorite Lamborghini models that will benefit from an HEV or PHEV upgrade, such as:

  • Aventador HEV in 2023
  • Huracan PHEV late 2024
  • Urus PHEV SUV also in 2024

Meanwhile, while many automakers have used hybrids as a bridge to all-electric or skipped that phase altogether, Lamborghini plans to stick with hybrids “as long as possible.”

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Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept (Source: Lamborghini)

Lamborghini will sell hybrids alongside all-electric models

Although Lamborghini is targeting 2028 for a purely electric model, the supercar company doesn’t plan to phase out its engines anytime soon.

According to an interview with Auto-ExpressLamborghini chief suggests synthetic fuels could play a role in “maintaining [Lamborghini] alive,” adding:

We don’t need to decide now – we still have time. After 2025, we must act.

Despite these comments, Winkleman mentioned that Lamborghini’s first electric model will not replace any current model. Instead, it will be a:

Fourth model that will be more usable on a daily basis. That means a two-door 2+2 car with more ground clearance.

The company has hinted it will work with Volkswagen, as it did for the Urus, meaning it could use VW’s Scalable Systems Platform (SSP), designed for all car segments .

Lamborghini Technical Director Rouven Mohr spoke about the benefits of a Lamborghini electric vehicle, saying:

Some of our fundamental pillars from a technological point of view correspond perfectly to the electrical world. If we’re talking about the integration of the carbon fiber feature, the integration of the battery as a structural part – that’s something that allows you a lot more degrees of design freedom in the sense of aerodynamics.

Regarding the added weight of the battery, Mohr says:

We have some cool ideas to compensate for this… for example regarding driving dynamics, control, drift, general driving behavior.

Adding the possibility of “a 360 degree approach combining all active systems to allow wheel speed control, not possible with a standard combustion engine”.

Electrek’s Grasp

Lamborghini seems to be a little late for the electric supercar party, but wait until 2028? It can cost them dearly.

The automaker’s CEO says they have until 2025 to decide; yet by then the market for electric supercars will be several times larger. In addition, automakers are constantly developing innovations that allow electric cars to go faster and run longer.

I’m excited to see Lamborghini set a date for a purely electric model. However, by 2028, it may not have the same thrill after several electric supercars hit the market.

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