By on May 19, 2021

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann announced on Tuesday that the Italo-German supercar brand will officially be transitioning to electric vehicles, with the last traditional internal combustion model coming before 2024.

But these kinds of proclamations rarely adhere to observable reality, otherwise, we’d all be riding around in flying cars that can navigate autonomously. What Lamborghini is really promising is an intent to abandon models that rely exclusively on combustible fuels while it builds a bunch of them in the interim. It’s kind of like saying you’re going on a diet next month and gorging yourself on chocolate cake as you brag to your friends about how healthy you’re about to become. 

Most manufacturers have been walking an identical path, with the term EV being used interchangeably with PHEV. As far as the world of automotive marketing is concerned, plug-in hybrids should be considered fully-fledged electric vehicles. But it’s strange that Lamborghini is bent on slashing emissions by 50 percent by 2025 (it’s stated goal) when it provides a minuscule number of automobiles to wealthy people whose lifestyles probably create more unnecessary pollution in a year than anyone reading this could manage in their lifetime. Studies from Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute have even estimated that (between 1995 and 2015) that the top 1 percent of earners were already responsible for twice the amount of emissions as the bottom half of the world put together. While we don’t begrudge anyone a private jet, the reality is that Lambo EVs are largely symbolic unless we’re talking about possible performance advantages.

Some of the best modern supercars have had some form of electric assist and Lamborghini will undoubtedly be trying to make hybridization enhance vehicle dynamics before fretting over whether or not it’s eco friendly. They just won’t be shouting that in any interviews.

2019 Lamborghini Urus

But what does this look like for the lineup? While the official announcement was brief, Winkelmann spoke with Car & Driver to provide some additional details about how this would reshape the brand. The Huracán will be abandoning the V10 for a twin-turbo V8 with some amount of hybridization, possibly with an electric motor at the front axle.

The Urus will also become a hybrid. Since Lamborghinis are now badge-engineered VW products, look to the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid for inspiration. On the upside, the current model’s 670 combined horsepower and 633 lb-ft of torque ought to make it the most exciting crossover in history. Because there’s absolutely no chance that the Lamborghini hybrid will debut with less power.

That just leaves the Aventador, as we know the supercapacitor-equipped Sián wasn’t ever going to be more than a flashy, limited edition showpiece. Though we hope the $3-millon bauble inspires Lamborghini’s future design choices. The Sián, along with the Terzo Millennio (below), represent some of the coolest and most forward-thinking automotive designs we’ve seen from any manufacturer. They make the Huracán look like a mid-90s Toyota Corolla.

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

Oh, that’s right, I was talking about the Aventador. Its successor is supposed to keep the V12 but with some hybrid enhancements, which is old news.

There will be a new addition to the lineup. Sometime between now and eventually (after 2025), Lamborghini plans on introducing a totally electric vehicle. That means no internal combustion engine whatsoever. Our guess is that it’s going to have a lot in common with the Porsche Taycan, though we’ve heard literally nothing other than what Lamborghini has told us.

“We want to have a new model line in the second half of this decade,” Winkelmann explained. “It cannot cannibalize what we have today, but my dream is to have the best of two worlds, to try to have a car which is a four-seater two-door like the GT cars of the Fifties and Sixties.”

[Image: Huang Zixing/Shutterstock, Lamborghini]

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34 Comments on “Lamborgreeni: Italian Automaker to Become Electric Only by 2024...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    “Its successor is supposed to keep the V12 but with some hybrid enhancements”

    Outside of regulation compliance this seems dumb.
    A BEV supercar of 2025 will almost certainly be quicker than a V12 Lamborghini whether it has a hybrid-assist or not. So the people opting for the Lambo will either be in it for the traditional ICE experience (which a hybrid will likely diminish) or for the butt frenzy styling.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      “A BEV supercar of 2025 will almost certainly be quicker than a V12 Lamborghini whether it has a hybrid-assist or not.”

      Not in a cannonball race….. Whether across America, or North-South Germany.

      Which is the quickness which counts in the real world. Some people do actually drive their Lambos.

      For pure spec sheet racing, it’s trivial to wire some high capacity capacitor, or perhaps a million cellphone batteries in parallel, to gigantic electromotors (The trivial part being why every illiterate moron who “made money on their home, and their and ‘portfolio\'” is busy doig what they believe is “inveeesting” in the dimbulbs promising to make more of them). All in order to produce an impressive sounding 0-60, or perhaps even quarter mile, rating. But for anything requiring V12 power for any meaningful duration, batteries aren’t even in the same order of magnitude as gasoline.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “Which is the quickness which counts in the real world.”

        I’m not sure that’s accurate, but I’ll put you in the “in it for the traditional ICE experience” side of things.
        _____

        “The trivial part being why every illiterate moron who “made money on their home, and their and ‘portfolio’” is busy doig what they believe is “inveeesting” in the dimbulbs promising to make more of them”

        lol, what?

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        “But for anything requiring V12 power for any meaningful duration, batteries aren’t even in the same order of magnitude as gasoline.”Aventa
        Absolutely not true. It’s a matter of cooling. Original Teslas had the issue, but it’s improved with the 3/Y and should be really good with the Plaid+ which is being designed for the track.

        An Aventador at its EPA rating has about a 320 mile range. At higher speeds you be lucky to see a 220 to 230 mile range. Maybe less. A Plaid+ is claimed to have a 520 mile range. It could be a tossup as to which car will go further at high speed.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          A Plaid+ at V12 Lambo speeds, has a range of 50 miles or so. Very loosely extrapolated from attempts at electric race cars.

          And that’s assuming it even allows “Lambo speeds” for more than 5 to 10 miles, before going into some self preservation mode. Out in the Nevada dessert, at 120F and with a scorching sun…. That Croatian battery-toy company whose name escapes me, is not having an easy time keeping the power on for long in their Plaid++extra-super+++, or whatever it’s called.

          If those battery cars were fast in any venue which mattered, that would mean they could put out a lot of continuous power for a long time. In which case they would power high continuous draw machinery. Like 18 wheelers, race cars, ships, locomotives and the like. Fat chance.

          At the other end of the power draw spectrum, they do make lots of sense, though. Pedelecs are a huge improvement over those noise 2 strokes some used to bolt to their bike frames. And small, short range, city cars can be made much more efficient, both space and energy wise, as BEVs than as ICEs or hybrids. Fr the same reason cell phones don’t really benefit from being powered by a diesel engine. Regardless of how much more energy dense diesel is than batteries.

      • 0 avatar

        ” Some people do actually drive their Lambos.”

        I certainly do, across America.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Such a shame. This will be the moment in time when the demise of Lamborghini started.

    This should be the first article in the Lamborghini Death Watch series. An automaker who’s products are all about soul and the feeling you get when driving them cannot survive by making soulless appliances.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Here’s a thought, at what point is the 0-60 in 1.5 second car developed and at what point is this a problem for law enforcement?

  • avatar
    mcs

    Give it a 300-mile range and it’ll probably need a charge maybe once or twice a year.

    Porsche owns part of Rimac, so I wonder if Rimac’s 4-motor independent-wheel-drive will make it into the car? I’m guessing it will definitely have 4 -motor-drive in some form.

    Four motors screaming on acceleration is amazing to hear. It won’t be soulless. Besides, outside of exploding water heaters, appliances don’t accelerate 0-60 in sub 2 second times.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      “Four motors screaming on acceleration is amazing to hear. It won’t be soulless. Besides, outside of exploding water heaters, appliances don’t accelerate 0-60 in sub 2 second times.”

      The problem Lamborghini and Porsche and others are going to have is that the 2035 Mustang GT may offer the exact same thing.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I think it is time to face facts, for passenger vehicles, the ICE’s days are numbered.

    I think this is measured in years, even decades (two).

    No, electric won’t be replacing the F-350 with a diesel for towing 14,000 pounds over mountain passes next year.

    The biggest barriers remain charging infrastructure for apartment, condo, and urban dwellers who park on streets, and time to charge.

    I think the first issue will get figured out in time, the second issues is a challenge of physics.

    A long list of companies are moving to electric and planning to do so at a large scale. They wouldn’t be doing it if the math didn’t add up, they’d be pushing back hard on regulators.

    I for one shall rage against our coming electric overlords.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Short of Peak Oil, which may have occurred, there is no reason at this time for the ICE to stop being utilized. Flying electric cars with Mr. Fusion become available? Sure then the ICE is toast because of a superior product, till then its merits outweigh its weaknesses.

      The problem is there is an oligarchy above our collective heads which has only grown stronger since 2008, and they want to slowly restrict access because of their long term goals which are outlined in Agenda 2030. That’s the reality here. In this new world it is they that will have access to luxuries and some of the things we possess now will become luxuries (Meats to some extent it seems, SFH homes are a major target, ICE cars, medicines probably, perhaps anything that makes us self sufficient). Everything that’s been happening since 2012ish is tied to so much more than Elon’s golf carts and a fake digital commodity currency.

  • avatar
    Garrett

    Go on YouTube and watch the intro scene for The Italian Job (the original). Listen the the Lamborghini and the music. Preferably with headphones.

    I’ll wait.

    That’s why you buy a car like this.

    We really need to get cracking on synthetic fuels and other options. Strict battery powered isn’t the way to go for all use cases – we need a diversity of offerings.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    Throwing away a company to get a pat on the head from someone that would never buy a Lamborghini anyway.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Anyone wants a lambo without the singing engine? A super-car that is not quicker than some ludicrous Tesla?

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      Come on, who doesn’t want a supercar built with the latest carbon fiber and still weighing over 5,000 pounds? Give it a hoodline taller than the average Italian man, and bullet-slit windows, please. Load it up with that AWD and super-numb steering so you can’t even tell what you just ran over. Synthetic simulated sporty sound from 29 speakers (it’s a prime number so you know it’s special). This is how we save the planet! /s

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        This is totally slipped through the gates of my mind. You’re so right!
        Aventador as is weights 3,500lb. Tesla is up to 5K lb. Delete V12, add some motors and battery. Do you think it will be need 5K ?

        But there is another catch… How many quick runs it will be capable of with a battery? I understand, when battery is half-way, it is no longer same performance

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          Actually, 2021 Aventador is 3,600 lbs. A better comparison is the Rimac Concept 2 which is 4,300 lbs. That’s a 700 lb difference. We’re talking 2024 for the BEV Lambo and QuantumScape might have the production capacity to supply the batteries by then. It’s possible if the car were to get the solid-state batteries it could be as light as the V-12.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “the top 1 percent of earners were already responsible for twice the amount of emissions as the bottom half of the world put together.”

    That 1% are also responsible for most of the world’s GDP. Productivity isn’t free.

    Per capita emissions are higher in China than in the US, but the US is the devil for its emissions despite its higher per capita GDP.

  • avatar

    In 2035 the difference between supercars will be engine soundtrack. Do not think it will be easy to synthesize it – it will be very expensive and GM synthesized soundtracks as usual will suck. Cadillac’s will not be sophisticated enough to compete with the Germans, we are talking about Bach/Wagner vs Aaron Copland. Germany will have the upper hand.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Sooo…lots of Lambo owners in this comment section?

  • avatar
    tylanner

    Lamborghini has the perfect brand image to make the EV transition and come out ahead…

  • avatar
    Rich Fitzwell

    Tax people that work from home.

  • avatar
    markf

    Seems like a good fit for a super car. Pipe in some artificial sound, insane acceleration and range doesn’t really matter. A majority of these cars are hardly driven. Load it with tech and folks with money will eat it up.

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