Tiny Italian Supercar Automaker Pagani Plans to Unveil an EV in 2025

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【Summary】An all-electric Pagani will make its debut in 2025, as the Italian marque believes that meeting emissions with naturally-aspirated engines could become difficult.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Mar 09, 2018 8:30 AM PT
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Every automaker is exploring ways to develop electric vehicles to help meet stricter emissions. Regular brands, like Ford, General Motors, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz are all looking into EVs. That's not really surprising, though, as large automakers compete with one another for sales and falling behind would be detrimental to their bottom line. 

Even Small Brands Need EVs

What is surprising, is that smaller brands that have made a name for themselves with high-performance vehicles, like Aston Martin have plans to come out with electric vehicles in the near future. And now, an even smaller manufacturer that's known for making nothing but supercars is developing an electric vehicle of its own. 

Pagani is a tiny Italian automaker, even when compared to Ferrari and Lamborghini. The brand only has two models (Pagani Huayra Roadster pictured above) on sale and plans to deliver just 40 vehicles this year if that helps put things into perspective. The brand has made a name for itself by building extremely limited-production models and one-offs, but even Pagani has plans to come out with an electric vehicle, which shows just how important EVs have become. 

As Autocar reports, Horacio Pagani, the founder of Pagani, has confirmed that the brand is working on an electric car. In an interview with Argentinian television company El Tres, which Spanish site Autodato first reported on, the first EV from the brand will come out in 2025. The automaker reportedly has 20 people working on the vehicle. 

Pagani, which gets its powertrains from AMG, will continue to offer supercars with combustion engines, but doesn't see the point in choosing to develop a hybrid over an EV. 

Are EVs The Future?

Planning to come out with an electric vehicle is big news for Pagani and the industry. The automaker's bread and butter has always been about making high-performance supercars with seven-figure price tags. Deciding to pursue the development of an electric vehicle, especially for a brand as small as Pagani, reveals just how important it is for automakers to make the switch to electric vehicles. 

The decision to make an electric vehicle, as Autodato reports, is being forced upon Pagani, as the automaker's V12 engines won't be able to meet strict emissions regulations. The brand believes that internal combustion engines will hang around until 2025, but after that, the automotive industry will predominantly have electric offerings. 

Pagani fans may not be too happy to hear about the automaker's plan to come out with an electric vehicle, but the automaker's founder did provide some reassuring information about the possibility of an autonomous vehicle. The automaker doesn't have any plans to bestow autonomous capabilities onto its vehicles, as Horacio Pagani doesn't see the need to do so. According to the outlet, he believes that the brand's cars are toys that consumers are supposed to enjoy. And when you think about it, having a high-performance car that you can't drive doesn't make a lot of sense. 

If small automakers like Pagani are gearing up for an electric future, then EVs are bound to be a part of every single auto manufacturer's plans. 

via: Autocar, Autodato

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