Ferrari has poured cold water on the idea of a pure electric supercar, claiming current battery technology is not good enough.
The bold statement comes despite a number of rival brands planning to release electric supercars in the near future.
In an interview with UK magazine AutoCar, Ferrari’s chief marketing and commercial officer Enrico Galliera said suitable battery technology is more than five years away.
“We firmly believe that battery technology is not yet developed enough to meet the needs of a supercar,” Mr Galliera told AutoCar.
“In the next five years, we do not believe the technology will be able to meet the needs of a Ferrari.”
When asked to comment on the plans of some rivals to develop an electric supercar, Mr Galliera said Ferrari will not be rushed.
“There are some competitors entering the market with new (electric) technology that we will look at, but will that be a problem to Ferrari? I think not, because of the specific niche Ferrari targets,” said Mr Galliera. “Will that trigger interest in that market for Ferrari? No.”
Mr Galliera’s recent statements mirror those made by Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri late last year.
The Ferrari boss said at the time a full-electric Ferrari will come out “after 2025”, soon after leaked patent images appeared to show one of its future models with an electric motor for each wheel.
Above: leaked patent image of Ferrari electric car
“As soon as electrified technology is developed, that will allow us to produce a car that fits with our position,” said Mr Galliera.
“Then why not? But the key is the technology: we will not just make a Ferrari that’s electric for the sake of it.”
Currently, Ferrari’s only electrified vehicle is its plug-in hybrid SF90 Stradale (pictured above) that produces 735kW thanks to a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and three electric motors.
Earlier this month, Tesla announced it would defer production of its electric Roadster model, which is expected to have supercar levels of performance, however did not cite battery technology as a reason.