Pagani began researching and developing electric cars in 2018. However, today, four years later, the company announced that it would abandon its efforts to build such a car. Horacio Pagani broke the news to Autocar at the Milan Monza motor show last month in Italy.
Pagani’s research found that its electric supercar would require a 600 kilogram (1,322 pound) battery, which Autocar not more than half the total weight of the Huayra R, which weighs 1,070 kg (2,350 lbs). According to Horacio, the EV is too heavy for a supercar and lacks driving emotion.
Horacio, who bought Tesla to understand EVs better, believes that electric supercars should be more than just raw performance, which is already achievable today. For example, the Kia EV6 GT produces 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts) and can reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds like a supercar. The challenge, says Horacio, is getting the EV to exude the emotion of a gas-powered car. It can’t happen when the battery is still very heavy.
Horacio said he dreamed of building a 1,300 kg (1,866 lbs) EV but was told Autocar that it is not possible. Instead, Pagani will continue to produce V12-powered supercars sourced from Mercedes-Benz. The company announced in 2019 that it would use a Mercedes V12 until 2026, and the engine would power the new Pagani C10 that debuted in September.
Pagani’s plans to stick with the V12 are not likely to run into regulatory problems in the European Union in the near future. The EU announced earlier this month that it would extend the deadline for supercar makers to switch to zero-emissions engines from 2029 to 2035. This would allow Pagani, Ferrari, Lamborghini and other small automakers more time to develop models. This will lead to lighter and more efficient battery technology, making it more supercar worthy.
Pagani also failed to find interest in EVs in the supercar market. However, Horacio also noted that the company will continue to invest in research and development because he knows how customer tastes and market conditions can change.