Italy wants "Lex Ferrari" for EU climate targets

Italy wants "Lex Ferrari" for EU climate targets

The Italian government wants to obtain an exemption from the EU for domestic sports car manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini from the planned phase-out of internal combustion engines from 2035, as these cars are a niche market with small unit numbers.

In principle, the government in Rome supports the EU plan, Italian Environment Minister Roberto Cingolani told Bloomberg news agency, but it is still in talks with the European Union about an exemption because sales by sports car makers represent only a fraction of the overall market - with a correspondingly small impact on overall CO2 emissions from the transport sector. "I am convinced that there will be no problems," Cingolani said.

The environment minister went on to say that the aforementioned manufacturers, with their low volumes, could hardly take advantage of economies of scale. "These cars need special technology and batteries for the transition," Cingolani said. He also announced a "giga-factory program" because it is important that "Italy gains autonomy in the production of high-performance batteries."

Mockers nevertheless speak of a "Lex Ferrari", as Cingolani has a past with the sports car manufacturer: until his appointment as environment minister, he was a non-executive director at Ferrari.