Maserati showcases first electric car at Milan design week
Italian sports car brand Maserati has presented a customised version of it first fully-electric car, the GranTurismo Folgore, during Milan design week.
Named Folgore, which means lightning in Italian, the all-electric version of the GranTurismo is the Italian brand's first fully-electric car.
"The new GranTurismo Folgore is the first car in Maserati history to adopt a 100 per cent electric battery-based powertrain," Maserati's head of design Klaus Busse told Dezeen.
"As the first Italian luxury automotive brand to offer such a product, it was important for us to showcase, at Milan design week, an artistic expression of the Trident's innovative future."
Set to be available later this year, the GranTurismo Folgore will be launched alongside a petrol version of the car as the start of the company's transition to be an all-electric brand by 2030.
The limited-edition version of the car, named One Off Luce, was described as a "chromatic mirrored monolith, engraved with a dynamic laser-etched pattern". It was presented at Maserati's Milan retail store as part of a celebration of the GranTurismo range.
"The GranTurismo One Off Luce is a statement of innovation and sustainability, featuring a full-electric Folgore engine, literally reflects Maserati's experimentation and constant research," said Busse.
"I believe 'design' in general is a great vessel for creativity and inspiration and the global buzz of Milan design week – that has become one of the hottest stages for brands to show up – confirms this," he explained. "Within design, cars can be a great tool to showcase contemporary culture, creativity... and a great story!"
"This year, with the return of the Maserati's most iconic creation – the GranTurismo available for the first time also in its full-electric Folgore version – we decided to create some artistic GT One-Offs showcasing the Trident's precious heritage and our forward-thinking attitude and innovation," he continued.
The GranTurismo Folgore will have the same chassis as the V8 version but will be powered by three 300 kilowatt motors – two at the rear and one at the front.
According to Maserati, the car can go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 2.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour. It can travel up to 450 kilometres on a full charge.
Maserati is the latest brand to unveil its first electric car. Earlier this year Sony unveiled its first electric vehicle, which was designed as a "moving entertainment space", while Rolls-Royce revealed its first all-electric car in October.
Last year Lightyear launched the "world's first production-ready" solar-powered car.
The images are courtesy of Maserati.