Maserati has started testing its first all-electric drive system, which is to be fitted to the brand’s models from 2021. The Italian luxury car manufacturer is placing a particular emphasis on the “characteristic” sound of its e-motor.
The famed car brand, which belongs to the Italian-American group Fiat-Chrysler, wants to give the future electric cars that “unmistakable sound, which is already a unique feature of all Maserati cars with traditional combustion engines”. In other words: the future electric Maseratis will not run on electricity but imitate the sound of combustion engines.
As was recently indicated, Maserati will initially equip the GranTurismo and GranCabrio with electric motors. Both are to be built in Turin, where FCA is currently also building a battery assembly centre. According to the Group, the so-called battery hub will also have a technology centre and prototype development, among other things. The new all-electric Fiat 500 is also scheduled to roll off the production line in Turin from the second quarter of 2020. But that’s only on the periphery.
In view of the progress made, Maserati is pleased to announce that it has already developed a number of all-electric test vehicles at its Modena Innovation Laboratory. These are currently being tested. The Italians provide an impression of the tests in the following short video:
Even from mid-2018 – i.e. from the time under the late FCA boss Sergio Marchionne – the information is still coming in that the pure battery cars under the Maserati Blue label will be driven by three electric motors and 800-volt technology. Maserati had also signed a contract with Ferrari for all future drives of its cars, it was said at the time. An update on this information is not provided by FCA under current boss Mike Manley.
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