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Lamborghini may end up being the one to turn off the lights of internal combustion engine cars.
The Italian exotic car brand has pledged to integrate hybrid technology into all its models by 2024 and plans to launch a fully electric vehicle by 2028, but it hopes to retain its fire-breathing V8, V10 and V12 engines for years. .
“After hybridization, we will wait to see if it will be possible to offer vehicles with an internal combustion engine beyond 2030,” Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told German newspaper Welt am Sontag. .
“One possibility would be to keep combustion engine vehicles alive via synthetic fuels.”
Winkelmann didn’t elaborate on the idea, but Lamborghini’s VW Group sister company Porsche has been working on a net-zero synthetic fuel that would create methanol by combining atmospheric carbon dioxide and hydrogen.
Such a fuel would be expensive to produce and only worthless if the energy used to create it comes from renewable sources, but Lamborghini owners aren’t exactly price sensitive.
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What this would allow the brand to continue to deliver is the sonic experience that many exotic sports car buyers have come to expect, something that can’t be provided by near-silent electric motors, which would make its cars even more exotic in the future. to come up.