Maserati plans to follow Volvo’s footsteps in introducing some form of elecrtic technology in its entire range by 2019.
The year 2017 has witnessed some dramatic developments towards the electrification push in the automotive industry. Volvo going electric by 2019, UK banning fossil fuel cars by 2040, and major carmakers joining Formula E - to name a few, have been making headlines all over.
Now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed its entry towards the electrified future. FCA will begin electrifying every vehicle from its flagship Italian brand - Maserati, by 2019. Then, by 2022, the company hopes that more than 50 per cent of vehicles across its various brands will use some form of electronic tech under the skin.
While a fully electric sports car by Maserati is expected to arrive sometime in 2020, the company will start equipping its present models with conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology - thus ensuring that by 2019, the entire Maserati range is using electric technology in some form or other. Maserati’s SUV - the Levante, is very soon expected to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain setup.
FCA, until now, has been quite reluctant in adopting electric technology. In the meantime, most other companies from Europe and Japan are busy investing in an electrified car range. With many European nations planning to bid adieu to petrol and diesel powered vehicles - FCA seems to have joined the race right on time.
In the meantime, FCA hopes that the development of this new technology will also greatly help electrify other major brands under its umbrella - Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge.