Ferrari, as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) under Sergio Marchionne's management, appears to be staying away from all-electric cars, but there are signs that there could be an electric Ferrari in the works.

Sergio Marchionne said once that an electric Ferrari will sound and handle like a proper Ferrari, which indicates to us that we should expect to hear the sound of a gasoline engine and that suggests nothing more than a hybrid, or an electrified Ferrari, but not electric.

As it turns out, PurePerformance captured last month a Ferrari prototype that starts silently on the track, so maybe it's a plug-in hybrid or an all-electric prototype.

Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne

"Marchionne, Ferrari’s chief executive officer, says the supercar manufacturer has been quietly—very quietly—testing a gasoline-electric hybrid car “you could run silently” at a track near its headquarters in the northern Italian town of Maranello."

"Next year, Ferrari will start offering the technology in a sports car, its first model that can run entirely on battery power for any significant distance."

For Ferrari, it's last call time to begin development on plug-ins, as in the next couple of years it will be too late due to all of the competition that will arises.

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According to Bloomberg, analysts expect that Ferrari will increase its production from 9,000 cars in 2017 to 15,000 cars and double profits by introducing alternatively-powered models to an entire new group of consumers, those not interested in gasoline-supercars.

Source: Bloomberg