EU wants to phase out ICEs by 2035.
One of Italy’s arguments is the low combined volume of sales for these automakers.
Porsche thinks exceptions are not reasonable.
At the very least, Lamborghini and Ferrari want to hold on to these internal combustion engines as long as possible as they are inextricably interwoven into the brands’ DNA. As the EU continues with its plans to outright ban the ICE by 2035, Italy, though in agreeance with cutting emissions, is seeking an exemption for the automakers.
The main arguments include extremely low sales volumes. In 2020, Ferrari sold about 9,100 vehicles while, over at Lamborghini, they delivered roughly 7,400 units. Other than a few electrified models, neither brand yet offers a full EV, unlike Porsche.
Porsche’s CEO, Oliver Blume, believes that such an exception is unreasonable. Blume is certainly not worried about the future as his sports car company already sells the Taycan, the Cross Turismo, and before long, an electric Macan will arrive, as will another electric sports car.
“Electric in the next decade will be unbeatable,” Blume told Bloomberg in an interview, dismissing the merits of internal combustion in performance vehicles. “De-carbonization is a global question, and everybody has to contribute.”
An interesting aspect of this discussion is, as we know, both Porsche and Lamborghini are part of the massive Volkswagen Auto Group.