It’s probably not going to arrive until 2025

The McLaren Speedtail is getting all the headlines these days — and deservedly so — but the British supercar brand also has an all-electric supercar in its sights. McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, confirmed as much, telling Auto News that an EV supercar is likely to happen, in part as a response to legislation changes in markets all over the world. The company isn’t in a rush to build one, though, at least until the technology catches up with McLaren’s own requirements for an electric supercar.

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McLaren’s electrification plans have been vague at best, but company CEO, Mike Flewitt, brought a little clarity to the picture in his conversation with Automotive News.

At the moment, McLaren’s biggest hurdle in developing an electric supercar is the battery technology.

Flewitt made no bones about it, admitting that the company still doesn’t have the battery technology to give it what it needs from a performance perspective out of an electric supercar.

“A McLaren EV has got to be usable,” Flewitt said. “It shouldn’t be that we offer a powertrain solution that compromises.”

As such, the McLaren CEO believes that the company won’t have the kind of battery technology it’s going to be comfortable with until 2025.

Flewitt’s comments are in line with what we can expect out of McLaren. The automaker doesn’t compromise on its performance credo, but it also doesn’t have the same structure that some of its rivals have. McLaren isn’t Lamborghini, which can tap into the vast resources of its parent company, Volkswagen, to address its needs.

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McLaren, however, is on its own. It can strike partnerships and collaborations, sure, but for what the company’s goals are for its electric supercar — run unimpeded on a track for half an hour without recharging — it’s going to have to develop the technology properly without rushing into it. A seven-year timetable makes sense. It’s enough time to develop the necessary tech an electric supercar needs, and, just as important, it’s also enough time to see how emission standards all over the world are going to evolve.

McLaren knows that the only way it can meet emission standards is to go hybrid or electric.

Those are the conditions in the playground it wants to play in, and the company has to be ready to abide by those conditions if it wants to go all-out on a game-changing electric supercar.

Don’t get it twisted, though. An all-electric McLaren supercar is coming. Just don’t expect it to arrive until McLaren is good and ready to showcase it to the world.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the McLaren P1.

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Source: Automotive News

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