Following news that Jaguar is planning to release a stylish all-electric SUV, Maserati has reportedly confirmed that it will be releasing an all-electric version of the Alfieri two-seater in 2020.
That matches with earlier rumors suggesting that Maserati was considering 2020 as a target for the release of its first production electric vehicle.
It seems that even the niche luxury manufacturers are now giving electric vehicles (EV) a serious look. A sign of the times — with large-scale adoption likely to occur within only the next decade or so.
Notably, though, the Alfieri offering will continue to be offered in internal combustion engine (ICE) variants as well — implying that the model will simply be a modified version of an existing ICE platform. While there are certainly ways to make that work, it does seem to represent a lack of commitment to EV technology, doesn’t it?
The electric version of the Alfieri will be following roughly a year after the 2019 debut of the ICE V6-powered Alfieri, according to stated plans.
Tech Crunch provides more:
“Part of the reason for the launch window being out further is that the chassis design used in the Alfieri requires weight savings and energy economy improvements, which Maserati is currently working on once its existing product design plans are due for refresh after 2018.
“The report of Maserati’s Alfieri plans follows an earlier account by Car and Driver that their first vehicle would be a ‘grand-touring coupe’ rather than a direct competitor for the Tesla Model S, but that it would also likely be a significant departure for Maserati in terms of its signature vehicle design.”
Interesting news. 2020 is still awhile out, though — over 3 years from now. The auto industry may well be a fairly different place by then.
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