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Lamborghini CEO doubts fully electric supercars, champions e-fuels as alternative

By Mathilda Bartholomew | May 30, 2024

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While big carmakers worldwide are all about electric rides to hit their net zero targets, not everyone's on board.

Lamborghini CEO doubts fully electric supercars, champions e-fuels as alternative

The CEO of Lamborghini isn't sold on the idea of fully electric supercars just yet. He's more into the idea of using e-fuels to cut down on emissions instead.

While big carmakers worldwide are all about electric rides to hit their net zero targets, not everyone's on board. Some are better set up for it because they make loads of cars, while others that specialise in fancy, rare ones might find it tough.

The CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, reckons it's not hard for the big guys to match the performance of supercars. But there could be other challenges. He thinks using e-fuels in Lamborghinis could be a good option for folks who aren't keen on going electric.

But there are still some hurdles for e-fuels, like rules and stuff. They might get more support if groups like the European Union give them the thumbs up.

Winkelmann recently said that super-fast electric sports cars "is not something that is selling so far".

He added: "It’s too early, and we have to see down the road if and when this is going to happen," Bloomberg reported.

Electric car sales have been a hot topic in the car world lately. New data shows that electric cars made up nearly 17% of new car sales in April. And the number of electric cars being registered has gone up by more than 10% from last year.

Even second-hand electric cars are selling like crazy, hitting a record high market share in the first part of this year.

But despite all this, some folks in the car industry aren't fully on board with electric cars. For example, Mercedes-Benz is reportedly scaling back its plans for luxury electric cars.

Meanwhile, Ferrari, one of Lamborghini's main rivals, is charging ahead with its electric plans. They're even opening a new factory in Italy to make hybrid and electric supercars.

Both the European Union and the United Kingdom are aiming to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel powered cars by 2035. They're into the idea of e-fuels as a way to cut emissions and keep gas cars around a bit longer.

Winkelmann reckons "there might be an opportunity" for e-fuels to take off if the rules change to make them more widely available.

Earlier this year, Lamborghini promised to cut emissions from each car by 40% by the end of the decade as part of their move toward a greener future.

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