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Ferrari groups up with SK On on battery tech


Ferrari and battery provider SK On will companion on superior battery cell know-how, the 2 corporations introduced Tuesday.

SK On has been supplying batteries to Ferrari since 2019, initially for the SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid and its open-top SF90 Spider variant, after which for the 296 GTB and 296 GTS plug-in hybrids. The 2 corporations have now signed a memorandum of understanding to “discover new prospects and potential options” in battery-cell tech.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

A memorandum of understanding is just not the identical as a product plan, however Ferrari will doubtless have extra want for batteries sooner or later for each extra plug-in hybrids and a minimum of some all-electric fashions. The automaker is within the midst of launching 15 new fashions, together with an EV, doubtless an SUV, due in 2025. Ferrari is increasing its manufacturing unit to accommodate EV manufacturing.

A Ferrari patent submitting that surfaced in late 2023 hinted that the automaker is engaged on in-wheel electrical motors, though given the challenges corporations like Lordstown Motors have had getting in-wheel motors into manufacturing, any future Ferrari EV might go along with a extra typical design.

Ferrari 296 GTS Assetto Fiorano

Ferrari 296 GTS Assetto Fiorano

One other Ferrari patent submitting for an “electrical or hybrid sport automobile” instructed the automaker can also be experimenting with a mid-mounted battery pack that will sit the place an engine usually would. On this submitting, Ferrari mentioned mounting battery modules on a subframe-like construction that may very well be bolted to the chassis.

CEO Benedetto Vigna stated in an interview with CNBC Tuesday that Ferrari’s upcoming EV will ship the identical “distinctive” expertise because the automaker’s combustion fashions, including that “electrical vehicles should not silent.” So maybe Ferrari will use some type of synthetic sound technology, as within the 2025 Dodge Charger Daytona, to achieve the requisite degree of emotion.

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