Lamborghini planning first hybrid model for 2015

Earlier this year, Lamborghini said that it will invest a total of 35 million euros ($49 million USD) over the next 5 years to cut CO2 emissions of its lineup by 35 percent by the year 2015. To do this, Lamborghini said that it will continue engineering efforts to decrease vehicle mass, improve combustion, reduce friction Start-and-Stop systems and incorporate hybrid drive train solutions.

According to reports coming out of Germany, Lamborghini is gearing up to offer its first hybrid model by 2015.

In an interview with Automobilewoche, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that he could see a small electric motor joining the 10- and 12-cylinder engines in the automaker’s lineup. However, rather than going totally environmentally-friendly, the hybrid system is expected to provide only marginal fuel-efficiency gains.

Winkelmann said that Lamborghini has no interest in offering an all-electric vehicle anytime soon.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Automobilwoche (via TCC)