Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkleman

Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann has stated in an interview with Yahoo! Finance that the Italian brand’s first fully electric vehicle will arrive in either 2027 or 2028.

Questioned by presenter Pras Subramanian as to when the Raging Bull would finally reveal its first pure EV, Winkelmann stated: “The first will be in the second part of this decade, so we think in about ’27 or ’28. And before that we will hybridize all the line-up we have today. So, the first fully electric car will be our fourth model.”

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkleman

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkleman

The ‘fourth model’ is a reference to one of four new vehicles the Lamborghini chairman also confirmed would arrive before the end of the decade. It is expected that, alongside the brand-new EV, the three additional models will include a facelifted Urus SUV, and successors to both the V10 Huracán and the V12 Aventador:

“I have to tell you, we are planning to have four models in total – two super sports cars, and two more versatile vehicles. And after 2030, the versatile, so the more daily usable vehicles, we will have them full electric cars. … The super sports cars we are planning now to be doing them as plug-in hybrid, so the new cars will be plug-in hybrid. The legislator will tell us what we are allowed to do from 2030 onwards.”

News of Lamborghini’s first pure EV follows an announcement earlier this year that the Italian marque’s entire range would be electrified as part of its Direzione Cor Tauri plan. Named after the brightest star in the Taurus constellation (Cor Tauri), Lamborghini is set to invest “an unprecedented” €1.5 billion-plus (more than $2.15 billion) into plug-in hybrid technology on its ‘roadmap for electrification’, which includes a 50 per cent drop in product C02 emissions by the beginning of 2025. The three-step plan includes a celebration of the combustion engine (2021-2022), hybrid transition (by the end of 2024), and the arrival of the marque’s first-fully electric vehicle.

Lamborghini factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy

Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy

In accordance with this roadmap, the last Lamborghini powered exclusively by combustion engine will arrive before 2024, with the first hybrid series production car set to arrive shortly before that in 2023.

For the PHEV alternatives to its current super sports car line-up, Lamborghini has confirmed that, while the Aventador’s follow-up will continue to use a V12 with hybrid assistance (the final, gasoline-only Avendator – the 769hp, 6.5-litre V12 LP 780-4 Ultimae – was unveiled in July), the next Huracán may yet lose its potent V10 in favour of a twin-turbocharged V8. Both are rumoured to be receiving electrically front-axles, while ICE concentrates its power towards the rear. The new Urus meanwhile could end up with a version of the electrified V8 powerplant used by sister company Porsche in its Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.

Alongside his comments on Lamborghini’s first EV, Winkelmann also made mention of the marque’s potential conversion to synthetic fuel from 2030 onwards, pending regulation changes:

“We hope that there will be an opportunity for synthetic fuel, which is C02 neutral, to be big enough or distributed in a high enough quantity that we have a capability [to also] fuel our super sports cars. So this is an opportunity we want to leave open. We don’t have to decide now, because this is not, at the moment, the type of fuel that’s present, and we don’t know if it’s going to be developed on a level which is then good for us as well. But this is, let’s say, a window we leave open at the beginning of the ‘30s.”

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