As the world looks towards a better climate change, automakers have begun producing battery electric vehicles in a bid to save the world. This movement was spearheaded by Tesla automotive. Now, Italian luxury automaker, Maserati, has also joined the race, which is a much-welcomed development for anyone looking to lease a Maserati EV. Maserati has disclosed its plans to electrify its entire lineup by 2025. The Trident brand plans to make up for its prompt, albeit late, entry into the EV market with a gradual switch within the next few years, till it gets a fully electrified lineup.
Although no official statement has been made, the Chief Operating Officer, David Grasso, shed some light on their seemingly quick plans at a fashion event organized by Italian newspaper Milano Finanza.
Grasso said that the new Maserati SUV Grecale would be rendered battery-powered and hybrid, kick-starting the evolution. It is also speculated that the Grecale will also be launched in an all-electric form in 2022.
The Italian automaker plans to electrify all of its models, invariably depicting that all models will be in either hybrid or electric form. In 2020, they unveiled a hybrid of the Ghibli sedan. This would likely be succeeded by a burst of electric powertrains, including GranTurismo in 2021, MC20 in 2022, EV Grecale in 2022, and the Quattroporte Levante by 2023 or 2024. To be exact, Maserati plans to release up to 13 electrified cars by 2024.
These electrification plans do not sound surprising because, in 2019, the parent Fiat Chrysler Group and Maserati announced a €5billion investment into the hybrid and electric propulsions for the transmission of vehicles in EV.
Maserati is not the only luxury brand looking towards the battery electric vehicle horizon, as Bentley, BMW, and a host of others are making adequate plans towards electrification. Maserati has set its sights on its MC20 super sports car as the forerunner of its EV assault.
The MC20 being the first super sports car of the Trident brand, promises to pack a strong punch. It is expressed as a car that “pushes the bounds of time” and “races audaciously right into a brave new destiny”.
Little is known about the specifics of the all-electric MC20; however, it is proposed that it will likely be even quicker than its predecessor – which itself is expected to supply 630hp from its V6 engine with 730 Nm torque, acceleration from 0-100 kph in just 2.9 seconds, and a top speed exceeding 325 kph.
Meanwhile, there are speculations of an electrified GranTurismo competing with Tesla’s Model 3. This goes to show you how eager the Trident brand is for BEVolution.
Maserati looks to grab a foothold in the market and challenge the early competitors. And although this will not be easy, the electrification plans already set in motion will undoubtedly prove to be worthwhile.
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