Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchiane has revealed that from 2019 all new Maserati will be powered by an electric or hybrid engine. This is set see more more than half of FCA's range use even a slight bit of electric power by 2022.
"When it [Maserati] completes the development of its next two models, it will effectively switch all of its portfolio to electrification", said Marchionne. Acting as the forward-looking electric brand under the FCA umbrella, all cars rolling off the Maranello production line from as soon as 2019 will be electrically assisted at the very least.
Maserati has revealed that their first electrified model will arrive in 2020 and be based on the Alfieri concept that debuted in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Before Maserati offer fully electric cars it will hybridise existing models, most likely starting with the Levante SUV, which will reportedly add a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the not-too-distant future.
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As Maserati Europe boss Giulio Pastore said past year: "The current platform allows for hybrid".
FCA has been unsure about investing in electric models until now because of the industry's uncertainty, "We [FCA] have been reluctant to embrace that avenue until we saw clearer the path forward".
Despite being part of its planning process, Marchionne will not head FCA during this push to electric.
Marchionne, who is 65 and made the announcements on a conference call with investors, will retire at the end of 2019.