All Maseratis to be electrified from 2019

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Fiat-Chrysler Group chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that all Maseratis produced from 2019 will be electrified in some way.

As per a report from Auto Express, Marchionne announced in a conference call that the FCA Group had committed to electrification in the future via Maserati, having previously hinted that the brand would be used for EV interests.

“We have been reluctant to embrace that avenue until we saw clearer the path forward,” Marchionne said.

“When [Maserati] completes the development of its next two models, it will effectively switch all of its portfolios to electrification.

“As these products come up for renewal post-2019, it will start launching vehicles which are all-electric and which embody, I think, what will be considered state of the art technology.”

FCA has been known to be evaluating a possible move into Formula E in the future, although discussions have not yet left the boardroom.

Marchionne previously named Maserati as a possible brand that could be used to spearhead electric racing interests, with the group’s most iconic racing name, Ferrari, unlikely to be used.

Ferrari Formula 1 engine chief Mattia Binotto was asked about Formula E on Friday following this week’s news that Mercedes and Porsche would be entering the all-electric series from season six, but would not go any further than confirming internal talks had been held.

“That’s something that sometimes we have discussed internally but no decision has been taken,” Binotto said.

“Honestly it’s a decision that is not down to my responsibility. So, I have no clue.”

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