Lamborghini CEO confirms plug-in hybrid power for Aventador, Huracán successors

Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept

Lamborghini hasn’t been shy about its plans to electrify its successors to the Aventador and Huracán, currently thought to be arriving around 2020 and 2022 respectively.

The automaker has little choice as electrification is seen as the only means to preserve big engines like the V-10s and V-12s, which Lamborghini will keep for at least one more generation.

But Lamborghini won’t simply rely on simple mild hybrid setups for its future models. In an interview with magazine published Friday, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali said the automaker will use plug-in hybrid technology, meaning some electric range will be possible.

The biggest problem with the route Lamborghini has selected is weight, something the automaker’s R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani is well aware of.

“The big questions are packaging and weight,” he told magazine in the same interview.

But given the rapid advancements being made in battery technology, weight may not be as big as an issue as we saw in the first generation of plug-in hybrid supercars, like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder. In fact, Domenicali also revealed that Lamborghini is exploring solid state batteries, which promise to be much lighter than lithium-ion batteries yet capable of holding more charge.

As for what comes after plug-in hybrids, Lamborghini has already given a taste with 2017’s Terzo Millennio electric supercar concept, which Domenicali said could potentially be ready for production—technology-wise—by around 2026. But according to Domenicali, Lamborghini is also exploring the potential of hydrogen-powered supercars.

Check Also

The Aventador SVJ "will blow your mind" Lamborghini says

Lamborghini's Aventador SVJ is just around the corner, and the Italian firm says it "will blow your mind." The simple statement came in the supercar's latest teaser, which Lamborghini posted to its Facebook page. The photo also shows the famous raging bull logo affixed to a Hulk-like green hue. Perhaps we'll see the Aventador SVJ debut in the bright paint...

Tourist racks up $47,000 in speeding fines with rented Lambo

It can happen to anyone. You're on vacation driving along roads you've never driven on before and you inadvertently creep past the speed limit, only to get nabbed by a speed camera or speed trap. For one tourist in Dubai, it happened multiple times in a matter of hours, and he clearly must have known he was speeding considering how fast he was going. Local...