Report: Alfieri sports car to be first Maserati electric car

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Maserati Alfieri concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Maserati Alfieri concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Maserati’s first electric car will be a new sports car based on the stunning Alfieri concept car unveiled at the 2014 Geneva auto show, according to Autocar.

The British publication, without citing a source, reports that Maserati is targeting a 2020 launch date for its electric sports car, one year after the arrival of a conventional, V-6-powered version.

The new follows comments made in October by Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli that the company’s first electric car would arrive in 2020. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] CEO Sergio Marchionne has also hinted that the Alfieri-based sports car could get an electric option.

Autocar also reports that the electric sports car will likely require a new platform that’s capable of other electric and conventional powertrains. Maserati engineer Davide Danesin in April described the new platform as being lighter and with a lower center of gravity compared to Maserati’s existing platform.

The Alfieri-based sports car was originally due in 2018 but a lack of a suitable platform meant the project was delayed. Instead, Maserati will initially launch a redesigned GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible based its rear-wheel-drive platform underpinning the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, with the Alfieri-based sports car to follow.

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