Bolognese, Italy – Lamborghini is going electric–eventually.
In an effort to cut C02 emissions in half by 2025, the Italian Supercar brand announced that all Lamborghini models will be equipped with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains in the next three years.
This shift to hybrid cars is expected to start in 2023 with a PHEV version of the hot-selling Lamborghini Urus super-SUV. The successors to the Lamborghini Huracan and Lamborghini Aventador will follow and be equipped with plug-in hybrid powertrains by 2024.
Currently, Lamborghini has three core models–the Urus, Huracan and Aventador. Set to debut before 2030, Lamborghini will introduce a fourth, all-electric model. The first of its kind for the Italian car manufacturers, this model will boast an advanced electric powertrain similar to those of Audi and Porsche.
In the past, Lamborghini released a limited edition hybrid model, the Sian FKP 37. But the super-capacitor it was equipped with was later deemed inadequate for use in series production models. This new fleet will use a traditional plug-in hybrid powertrain to help slash emissions.
Due to the added weight of batteries, Lamborghini will focus on enhancing the use of lightweight materials to offset the bulk of an electrified powertrain, said President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
Before these new hybrids are released, Lamborghini has said it will launch two more V12 models this year, which are likely to be limited-run spin-offs based on the soon-to-be-replaced Aventador Hypercar.