Maserati promised to start selling its first electric car by 2020, and now we know for sure what it's gonna look like. The company said it will build an EV version of its Alfieri, which is gonna be a two-seat concept car which was revealed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.
The Alfieri from the pictures, will also be produced with a V6 engine, and it's designed as a competitor to the 911 but it will be a larger car. The gasoline version will go on sale in 2019, Maserati says, well past its original 2016 launch date. It was originally supposed to be a V8, but the company decided to go with a smaller engine to meet environmental requirements. There are no details yet on the performance or price of the EV model, but we'd expect it to have outstanding performance (and hopefully decent endurance), given its Italian pedigree.
Maserati's parent Fiat is a reluctant player in the EV industry. CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said that he doesn't know how to make Tesla's] economic model work," but added that there's nothing Elon Musk's company can do that Fiat or Maserati can't. However, the car is set to arrive in 2020 and things can change a lot. Who would have thought just three years ago that Tesla would get nearly 400,000 pre-orders for an EV, for instance, or that Volkswagen would switch from a diesel-heavy lineup to an electrified future?