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Maserati Confirmed An All-Electric MC20: Here's What We Know

Maserati Confirmed An All-Electric MC20: Here’s What We Know

Maserati is planning to introduce at least three EVs in 2021

Maserati just unveiled the MC20, a spiritual successor to the MC12. Unlike its predecessor, it features a twin-turbo V-6 engine instead of a naturally aspirated V-12, but it will be the company’s first flagship sports car in years and it will also go racing. More importantly, the MC20 will become available with an all-electric drivetrain. Here’s what we know about the upcoming sports EV.

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Maserati Confirms Development Of EV Model, Scheduled For 2020 Launch

Maserati Confirms Development Of EV Model, Scheduled For 2020 Launch

Better late than compromise brand identity

Like a lot of automakers in the industry today, Maserati is joining the electric car revolution. It just won’t subvert itself to the timetable of its rivals. That was the sentiment shared by Maserati’s engineering boss Roberto Fedeli in a recent conversation with Car and Driver, According to Fedeli, the Italian automaker has received an edict from parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to release a Maserati EV “as soon as possible.” That’s all well and good from Maserati’s point of view, but circumstances surrounding the development of the Maserati EV puts the company’s timetable to begin development of the car in 2019.

When it does arrive, don’t expect it to be branded as a rival to Tesla, or any of the other models that premium automakers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lexus are expected to already have by that time. The Maserati EV will be “specialized and low volume,” potentially hinting that it could be one of the most premium options of any EV that’s in the market by 2020. “We will be last (with a production EV), and we have to arrive to the market with something different,” Fedeli said, before adding, “Very different.”

The stretched timetable is something the company admits could be an issue, but it also knows that it can’t compromise the performance roots of Maserati just so it can accommodate an EV into its lineup. Certain features like luxury and sound are two of Maserati’s calling cards and the company’s future EV model needs to at least have both that meets the Italian automaker’s standards.

Fortunately, the three- to four-year timetable gives Maserati enough time to address these issues. It’s doing so at the expense of being one of the last premium brands to launch an EV, but if it means having a Maserati EV that stays true to the company’s ethos, then it doesn’t matter if it’s late as long as it remains a true Maserati.

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Fiat-Chrysler Considering Maserati Electric Sports Car

Fiat-Chrysler Considering Maserati Electric Sports Car

Could this EV sports car be FCA’s answer to Tesla?

Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne has once again opened the door for the company to begin adding full electric vehicles to its lineup of brands, including one for Maserati - an electric sports car - that could be developed to compete against Tesla.

The Maserati Alfieri, in particular, was hinted at as a possible model that could spawn a battery-electric version. He didn’t dive into the specifics of this consideration, but he did tell Bloomberg that a Maserati electric sports car shouldn’t be expected in the near future, or at least not until the Italian automaker completes its five-year plan that ends in 2018. Given that Maserati’s time table is two years away, it’s reasonable to think that this won’t be the last we hear of a possible EV version of the Alfieri.

Remember, this isn’t the first time that Marchionne has hinted on a possible Tesla fighter, although this is the first time we’ve heard any EV ties to the Alfieri. Back in April 2016, the FCA chief told Automotive News Europe that it’s looking at the success of the Tesla Model 3 and if it proves to be successful, FCA would “copy the formula, add the Italian design flair, and get it to the market within 12 months."

The FCA chief was a little more realistic this time, saying that FCA isn’t in any rush to fully commit to electric vehicles and that the company will have to experiment with the feasibility of EVs the same way it’s doing now to connected cars and mobility. But, this is the second time in three months that we’ve heard Marchionne discuss the potential of a Tesla fighter. That may or may not mean something in the long run, but the fact that the Maserati Alfieri’s name was specifically mentioned may be a hint that there’s more going on within FCA and Maserati than meets the eye.

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