Ferrari is considering building an all-electric supercar, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has admitted at the Detroit Motor Show.
However, Marchionne stated the brand still has some way to go before an electrified Ferrari will reach production.
“Ferrari has looked at this forever and if there is an electric supercar to be built Ferrari will build it first,” he said at the Motor Show.
Marchionne continued: “People are amazed with what Tesla did with the supercar. I am not trying to minimise what Elon did but I think it is doable by all of us.”
The question of range, however, is proving the big stumbling block, he claimed. “You’re going to go real fast but how long do you last? We have seen that in Formula E, you have to change your car in the race. We need a lot more work to be done before we can make that a legitimate answer, motorised sports cars.”
The admission marks a significant turnaround from Marchionne, after being sceptical for years about the speed of introducing alternative engines and new technologies.