Published on October 28th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Lamborghini Cancels Plans To Build EV, Waiting On Synthetic Fuel
It looks like the Germans have rubbed off on Lamborghini and we are glad
Well, well, well, now this is a surprise if there ever was one, so Italian icon Lamborghini recently made waves having released its first hybrid dubbed the HPEV (high performance electric vehicle), the Revuelto and also stated it plans to go all electric, but just like with some German brands, this is no longer the case.
We all had a good laugh when the EU had to delay its law banning the sales of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles as a result of some German automakers pushing back but now, it seems Lamborghini is also going back on its word and would rather wait for synthetic fuel before building its first electric vehicle (EV).
Moreover, Lamborghini has already moved into its electric era as it already discontinued sales of all its ICE models but when it comes to going all electric, the brand seems to be having cold feet, pun intended. This was confirmed by the brand’s CEO, Stephen Winkelmann himself.
Mr. Winkelmann apparently stated that the Italian automaker would be “leaving the door open (for non-EVs)” for a few more years, at least until legislators make a clear decision about the future of synthetic fuels. With Porsche pushing hard for these fuels, it seems likely that ICE may yet survive at least a little longer.
In an interview with Autocar, Winkelmann confirmed earlier reports that the brand’s mainstream models, the Urus and the Lanzador, will go all electric by 2030, however, their hybrids, including the upcoming Huracan successor and the Revuelto, are expected to live on for another 8 or 9 years, keeping ICE alive through hybrid models.
On top of that, admitted that synthetic fuels would be “an easier leap” for Lamborghini, although there are still concerns about their future, he clarified, “We have to wait and see what the legislators decide about them [synthetic fuels], and whether we can get global agreement on their viability.”
Winkelmann also admitted that going hybrid was a “tough decision” that Lamborghini took 5-6 years ago when it wasn’t clear if such a move was going to be accepted. In a similar manner, the brand now needs time in order to decide whether or not to go EV-only but I hope it never does.
Call me old-school but there is just something so primal, so impossible to put into words about how one feels when you hear an engine while driving. Factor in the neck breaking speed, sharp handling and overall aesthetics that Lamborghini models are known for and you have an experience that almost no other car can give you.