Recently appointed Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna believes the Italian carmaker has a “deep understanding” of car dynamics and will be able to make exciting electric cars despite adding weight to the battery.
Ferrari is confident. “In terms of the ride, in terms of…the dynamics of the car, we can handle that extra weight,” Vigna told our CNBC colleagues in an interview. “It’s true, we have a few hundred kilograms more than a conventional internal combustion engine car for the same power, but what really reassures me is the fact that we have a deep understanding of the car’s dynamics”. Vigna has joined Ferrari after leaving the European technology company and has been tasked with leading the Italian manufacturer into a new electric era. The CEO built on this experience, explaining that the Maranello company is already making exciting cars despite the current limitations.
“Consider that today most cars have more or less access to the same electronic chips,” Vigna said. “But we, at Ferrari and the Ferrari engineers, can offer something unique, different”. Despite his optimism, Vigna remains optimistic about the future, admitting that the transition to electric power will be “challenging”. However, he announced that it would also be an opportunity to create something new and fun but easily recognizable as a Ferrari, even without the usual V12 under the hood.
Could a silent Ferrari be good?
The transalpine manufacturer already produces two plug-in hybrids: the 296 GTB and the SF90 Stradale. But Ferrari plans to unveil its first electric car in 2025. By 2026, the brand wants 55% of its range to be hybrid, 5% fully electric and only 40% petrol. Its power supply will only increase from now on. The carmaker expects internal combustion vehicles to represent just 20% of its range by 2030.
Meanwhile, all electric and plug-in vehicles will represent 40% on the same date. To ensure that these ‘zero emission’ cars are worthy of the Ferrari badge and that their driving dynamics are as good as possible, the company will manufacture its batteries in Maranello, Italy. “Handmade batteries will be integrated into the vehicle’s chassis in a process aimed at reducing the vehicle’s weight”the company told Prancing Horse.