Fiat Chrysler push to EVs
In just two years you will be able to select a Maserati model with an electric powertrain.
That was the promise made overnight by the boss of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Sergio Marchionne.
The FCA CEO says his company is serious about electric cars, so much so, more than half of the FCA line-up will be electrified by 2022.
“What has really made the issue absolutely mandatory now is the fate of diesel, especially in Europe,”
“Some type of electrification on gas engines is inevitable.”
Currently, FCA has just two vehicles on offer globally that have some type of electrification – neither are available in Australia.
But in that future, it will be Maserati that leads the charge.
Mr Marchionne said all new Maserati models following 2019 will be electrified, including all-electric models.
“When it completes the development of its next two models, it will effectively switch all of its portfolio to electrification,”
“It’s an integral part of the development of all of the group.”
One of the developments now forcing the issue with FCA is the recent announcement by France that it would ban diesel and petrol-powered cars by 2040.
While rivals, BMW, also confirmed it was moving quickly towards having some form of electrification on offer in each of it’s BMW and MINI models.
We’ll keep you updated with further developments as they come to hand.