Maserati Alfieri concept, 2014 Geneva Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
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.