Published on May 18th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin0
Lamborghini Is Going Green With Its First Full EV By 2030
In the meantime however, the entire Lamborghini fleet is to feature electrification by 2025.
It would seem that even the raging bull is not exempted from the continuing decarbonisation efforts currently spreading throughout the auto industry, as Lamborghini has recently announced its green plans moving forward into the increasingly eco-friendly future.
Dubbed the ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ (Towards Cor Tauri in English), this new roadmap to decarbonisation of future Lamborghini models and of its Sant’Agata Bolognese site is touted by its President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann to be ‘holistic approach to its environmental sustainability strategy’. What this means though in non-marketing jargon is that a new all-electric raging bull is currently in the works, with its release date targeted for the second part of the decade.
Set to be the new fourth product line for the Italian automaker, the finer details regarding this new EV Lamborghini is still vague at this point. What is somewhat confirmed however is that developmental work for this all-electric bull has already begun, and it will most likely take the form of a 2+2 or four-seater type grand tourer that could well be sitting on a platform shared between Porsche and Audi.
Now moving onto events that will be happening in the nearer future, the ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ plan dictates that Lamborghini will have a fully (plug-in) hybridised lineup come 2024. The Italian supercar manufacturer is currently targeting the launch of its first hybrid series production car by 2023, which will go some way towards its goal of halving its product CO2 emissions by 2025.
Delving deeper into the details regarding its hybridisation plan, Lamborghini claims to remain steadfast in preserving the performance and driving experience associated with its current models even with its electrification ambitions. To that end therefore, the company has allocated more than €1.5 billion (RM 7.6 billion) over four years to this electrified transition that was first kicked off with its Sian hybrid hypercar.
As for Lamborghini’s immediate plans meanwhile, the company has not completely abandoned its purely petrol-drinking roots yet, with two more V12-powered bulls that is to debut by the end of this year. Moving a little bit further forward however, the facelifted Urus will be the first to receive its PHEV powertrain come 2023, followed on by what will most likely be the purely PHEV successor of the current Huracan and Aventador apparently to arrive the year after that.
So to those dyed in the wool petrolheads who eschew the thought of electrification in your Lamborghinis, best start placing your orders for one of its current models now. To those though who perhaps have seen what Ferrari can do with its hybrid SF90 Stradale, there might be hope yet for the upcoming electric raging bulls to just have as much drama as its petrol-powered predecessors.
Whichever way you look at it however, it is nevertheless a tad sad to think that the howl of a naturally aspirated V12 is soon to be consigned to the history books.
PRESS RELEASE: Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, today presents “Direzione Cor Tauri” (Towards Cor Tauri): a roadmap to decarbonization of future Lamborghini models and of the Sant’Agata Bolognese site based on a holistic approach to its environmental sustainability strategy. Throughout the product electrification process, Lamborghini will focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics in keeping with the marque’s tradition. In reference to the logo chosen by company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963, Cor Tauri is the brightest star in the Taurus constellation, and represents Lamborghini’s move towards a future that is electrified but always faithful to the heart and soul of the ‘bull’ brand.
Winkelmann commented: “Lamborghini’s electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects. Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant’Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA.
Lamborghini has always been synonymous with preeminent technological expertise in building engines boasting extraordinary performance: this commitment will continue as an absolute priority of our innovation trajectory. Today’s promise, supported by the largest investment plan in the brand’s history, reinforces our deep dedication to not only our customers, but also to our fans, our people and their families, as well as to the territory where the company was born in Emilia-Romagna and to Made in Italy excellence.”
Cor Tauri, Lamborghini’s roadmap, will comprise of three phases:
- Celebrating the combustion engine (2021-2022) by presenting models paying tribute to the company’s recent period of continuous success. In the wake of steady sales growth and a seven-fold increase in turnover over the last fifteen years, Lamborghini has established itself as a center of excellence in the production of the best super sports cars. Unique design, technological innovation at the highest levels backed by huge investments in research and development, and the highest quality and craftsmanship are the basis for a pyramid of products: from the Urus Super SUV, the cornerstone of today’s success, rising to the pinnacle of technology and design masterpieces with the limited series. The most recently unveiled, the Sián, kicked off the electrification journey: the first Lamborghini featuring hybrid technology. This phase will be characterized by the development of combustion engines for versions that pay homage to the brand’s glorious history and iconic products past and present, but always under the impetus of the visionary spirit that distinguishes Lamborghini. Two new cars in the V12 model line-up will be announced in 2021.
- Hybrid transition (by the end of 2024): in 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car, and by the end of 2024 the entire range will be electrified. Performance and the authentic Lamborghini driving experience will remain the focus of the company’s engineers and technicians in developing new technologies, and the application of lightweight carbon fiber materials will be crucial in compensating for weight due to electrification. The company’s internal target for this phase is to reduce product CO2 emissions by 50% by the beginning of 2025.Leading the hybrid transition will be an unprecedented investment: more than 1.5 billion euros allocated over four years, the largest in Lamborghini’s history. It is a tangible sign of the company’s strong sense of responsibility towards the need for a concrete response, through significant innovations, to the period of profound transformation that is affecting the whole automotive industry.
- First fully-electric Lamborghini (second half of the decade): acceleration in the second part of the decade will be dedicated to full-electric vehicles, with the vision of a fourth model in the future. Once again, technological innovation in this phase will be oriented towards ensuring remarkable performance, and positioning the new product at the top of its segment. This is how Lamborghini sees the culmination of this part of its journey: Cor Tauri, the brightest star in the constellation to which the company’s roadmap points, is represented by a fourth fully-electric model.
Lamborghini’s program towards 2030 starts from a holistic vision of the company’s sustainability strategy: a 360° approach that spans product to the Sant’Agata Bolognese site, from the production lines to the offices. The 160,000 square-meter area achieved CO2 neutral certification in 2015, which was maintained even after the production site was doubled in size in recent years. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, environmental protection, sustainability in the supply chain, attention to employees and corporate social responsibility are integral parts of this strategy.
The heart and compass of the Cor Tauri transformation plan is the brand’s DNA, and its innate ability to turn challenges into opportunities through continuous technological innovations, leading to improved performance and driving emotions but within the constraints imposed by the increasingly stringent CO2 regulations. A journey towards a new Lamborghini, but always faithful to itself and its roots.