Italy wants the EU to exempt Ferrari and Lamborghini from the incineration ban

The Italian government wants the country’s supercar manufacturer to continue with internal combustion engines after 2035.

Left: new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4. Right: Italian Minister for the Environment and Energy Roberto Cingolani.

EU proposal for a bans on new petrol and diesel cars meet opposition from the Italian government, which wants an exception made for the country’s supercar manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini.

The Italian Minister for the Environment and Energy, Roberto Cingolani, is said to have told Bloomberg that the country’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi is now in negotiations with the EU regarding the 2035 ban and how it could affect Italy’s supercar industry.

The decisive argument from the government’s side should be that the supercar segment “is a niche” with small volumes. In the past, low-volume manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and even Swedish Koenigsegg have been covered by exemptions from the EU’s annual emissions targets, and the Italian government therefore seems to want to reintroduce one.

According to the minister, Ferrari and Lamborghini simply sell too few cars a year for an exemption to make any major difference. In addition, the supercar manufacturers and also Italy as a country need more time to switch to electric power.

“An important step is to make Italy self-sufficient when it comes to the production of high-performance batteries,” Roberto Cingolani told Bloomberg.

Worth mentioning is that Cingolani sat on the board of Ferrari until February this year, when he took office. The same Ferrari whose chairman and acting CEO John Elkann in August welcomed the EU’s incineration ban. According to Elkann, electrification will mean new opportunities for the Marnello-based manufacturer.

Roberto Cingolani is also careful to add that Italy does not want to counteract the transition to electric cars.

“There is a clear awareness of the need for a transition to electric mobility,” he told Bloomberg.

Also the trade association ACEA chairman Oliver Zipse (also CEO of BMW) wants to see an exception for small car manufacturers.

For very small manufacturers, which have almost no significance for the whole when it comes to emissions, there are good arguments for considering these exceptions, he says in a comment to Bloomberg.

Porsche, as together with the rest of the Volkswagen Group investing large sums in electric car technology, however, is of a different opinion. Electricity will be “unbeatable” in the coming decade, says CEO Oliver Blume, and no one should be exempted from the combustion ban.

– Everyone must contribute, he says to Bloomberg.

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