Lamborghini boss says electric supercar is still a long way off

  • Lamborghini is bringing out a range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids
  • But boss Stephan Winkelmann believes a fully-electric supercar is a way off yet
  • Simply put, he doesn’t know if anyone would want one

Published on May 23, 2024 at 2:48 PM (UTC+4)
by Tom Wood

Last updated on May 24, 2024 at 6:32 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

One of the bosses at Lamborghini has claimed that it could still be a while before we see his company produce a fully electric supercar.

Lamborghini isn’t known for doing things by halves, and their cars aren’t known for compromise, so it’s understandable that they’d want to get things right.

But, the future is electric, and the folks at Lamborghini know that as well as everyone else.

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By the end of the year, we could be looking at a fully electric line-up from Lambo, with their latest efforts – the Revuelto, Urus SE, and the long-awaited Huracán successor – all coming plug-in hybrid capabilities.

Then, there’s a fourth car which is a full EV, the Lanzador.

Still, the company’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann doesn’t think we’ll be seeing a ‘true’ Lamborghini supercar in the near future.

Why? Well, for the same reason anything doesn’t get made – it might not sell.

Winkelmann and the rest of the top brass down at Sant’Agata – where the company is headquartered – will have looked at the data and crunched all the numbers when deciding where to take the company.

Having scrutinized that with eagle eyes, they’ll have worked out that perhaps the world just isn’t ready to do away with the sound of a performance petrol engine yet.

So, until it becomes a viable option, we probably won’t be seeing a proper performance supercar equipped with an electric engine and the iconic Lamborghini raging bull.

Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Winkelmann said that electric supercars ‘aren’t something that is selling so far’ before adding that the company ‘will have to see down the road if and when this is going to happen.’

These are times of great uncertainty for companies who have previously traded in fast cars with large engines.

Electric engines – some consumers believe – can lack that certain je ne sais quoi that a petrol engine provides.

They also don’t sound like the world is ending – unless they’ve been specifically made to sound that way.

That can be done by using a gas engine, or by sticking a soundbar in the front like this all-electric G-Wagen.

Is that the same though?

Driving supercars is all about the emotion of driving, and – until that can be captured in an electric car – Winkelmann and others clearly believe that they won’t be financially viable.

However, there are electric cars out there that can seriously shift, like the Aspark Owl and the Pininfarina Battista.

Also, lots of the big companies are working to make their fleet feature some sort of electric supercar, companies like Porsche and even Skoda.

Like it or not, this is the way things are going, and if we want to have a planet to drive around at speed, we need to change things at speed, too.

It doesn’t mean an end to thrilling cars, it just means something different has to happen.


Tom Wood

Tom started his journalism career soon after completing a Masters degree at the University of Salford. Since then, he’s covered a bit of everything – sport, celebrity and world news.