Moving towards electrification, Alfa Romeo CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato has confirmed that the saloon Alfa Romeo Giulia will be reborn as an electric vehicle (EV) by 2025. Autocar reports that the company boss also confirms that a 1,000-hp Quadrifogio version will also make its debut.
Unlike the current rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration of the current model, the all-electric version will make full use of electrification and employ an all-wheel drive(AWD) layout. It could get a similar set-up to the upcoming Maserati Granturismo Folgore, which uses a three-motor AWD setup – one at the front and two at the rear.
Exact technical details have yet to be confirmed, but the Alfa Romeo CEO suggests the EV Giulia will have up to 435 miles (700 km) of electric range, making the car a direct substitute for current Giulia owners instead of a “downgrade nor forced switch”.
Another technical detail that would benefit its customers is the use of 800 V electrical architecture. This means the upcoming Alfa Romeo EV would be able to charge at very high rates on DC fast charging. Hopeful of allowing customers to charge from 10% to 80% “within 18 minutes”, Alfa Romeo doesn’t want its customers to spend hours charging their cars.
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Imparato emphasizes that rapid electrification is important for Alfa Romeo. “We switch because we must. If not Alfa Romeo would be dead,” says the Alfa Romeo CEO.
Speaking to the UK automotive publication, he adds, “We will switch in a real concrete substitution mode. I don’t want you [customers/owners] to suffer from anything [because of] the switch; I want you to love it.”
While other brand EVs tend to explore radical styling to both the exterior and interior, Alfa Romeo assures that its upcoming EVs will look “very cool” and will look like “the Alfa Romeo we all want”. In a sea of EVs and new cars with multiple screens and experimental designs, Alfa Romeo is keeping things classy and timeless. The brand has also previously stated that it plans to keep screens to a minimum in its cars.
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