Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Coupé: The Complete Guide For India

Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid India
Price: Rs 7.50 Crore
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Coupé
Battery size: 7.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 25 km
Tailpipe emissions: 154 - 160g (CO2/km)

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The Ferrari SF90 Stradale PHEV Coupé

Ferrari, needs little introduction. The Maranello (northern Italy) based luxury sports car manufacturer is without doubt one of the most recognised automative brands globally. Ferrari S.p.A is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RACE) via Ferrari N.V., a Netherlands based legal entity. Ferrari has a market cap of US$ 45 billion.

Ferrari was founded in 1939 by Enzo Ferrari, with a primary objective of developing racing cars. The first Ferrari was built in 1940, and as they say, the rest is history! Though Ferrari is well known for its high performance production sport supercars, the company continues to remain close to its roots via its active and leading participation in the Formula 1 (F1) global races. The Ferrari racing team continues to remain a dominant force in the international racing circuit.

Ferrari is not new to alternative fuel cars. The company displayed a Ferrari F430 based on ethanol at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. In 2010, Ferrari unveiled a hybrid Ferrari 599 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the first production plug-in hybrid electric car from the famed supercar automotive manufacturer.

Though Ferrari has been slow in the race for electrification, the company is now gaining momentum in its vision for an electrified Ferrari fleet. The company has reorganised itself internally to delivery on the electrification vision. The company is expected to debut its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) i.e. pure electric car, in 2025.

The SF90 mid-engined plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is the first from the Italian supercar manufacturer, famed for its roaring internal combustion engines. The ‘SF90’ is in reference to the 90th anniversary of the Scuderia Ferrari racing team. ‘Stradale’ literally means ‘made for the road’.

The SF90 PHEV has three electric motors, with two independent electric motors located on the front axle, and the third at the rear of the electric vehicle (EV). The PHEV has a V8 turbo engine capable of delivering up to 780 cv. The electric motors deliver an additional 220 cv, making it the highest power output for any 8-cylinder Ferrari with a total output of 1,000 cv (986 bhp).

It can achieve 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 340 km/h. The all-wheel drive (AWD) electric Ferrari will not disappoint in terms of performance, with an astounding lap time of 79 seconds at Fiorano. It is the first Ferrari sports car to be equipped with 4WD.

However, in regards to its ‘electric credentials’, though it certainly is a plug-in electric car, the onboard 7.9 kWh EV battery is limited in its zero-tailpipe emission electric range 25 km. When the EV is not running on e-mode, the tailpipe emissions are as high as 160g (CO2/km). The SF90 is the only Ferrari that can drive without the engine noise, when on e-mode.

The interior of the Ferrari electric car is designed around ‘wraparound aeronautically-inspired concept with particular emphasis on instruments’. The interior includes a head-up display central to the HMI (Human-Machine Interface) concept. The steering wheel incorporates a touchpad, allowing the driver to control every aspect of the supercar. The instrument cluster is digital and includes a 16 inch curved HD display.

The exterior of the plug-in hybrid supercar, as with all other Ferrari supercars, is focussed on achieving maximum performance. The SF90 aluminium body is manufactured at Ferrari’s plant nearby. The EV is equipped with a number of advanced driver assistance systems to include: front radar with acc, adas pack, back radar, front driving camera, rear parking camera, surround view and parking sensors. Not all these come as standard!

This Ferrari electric car does not come cheap. But of course, a Ferrari is a Ferrari!!

A high performance plug-in hybrid electric supercar (986 bhp)A small EV battery (7.9 kWh) and limited electric range (25 km)
Impressive exterior styling and high quality interior specificationsHigh tailpipe emissions (160g)
It is simply a Ferrari!Very limited boot space and lacks practicality (74 L)


The Ferrari SF90 Stradale PHEV Coupé (credit: Ferrari)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Coupe
Available In India:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Ferrari SF90 Coupé V8 (from Rs 7.50 Crore)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 7.9 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.5 kW
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:154 – 160g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:N/A

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1186
Width (mm):1972
Length (mm):4710
Wheelbase (mm):2650
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):74

SF90 Stradale
EV Battery Capacity:7.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):25 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):120 – 123
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):6.0 – 6.1
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:340 km/h
0-100 km/h:2.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (CV):1,000
Torque (Nm):800
Weight (kg):1,570
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

BEVs Vs PHEVs: Which Is Better?

Both, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have significant advantages over conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vehicles. However, when BEVs and PHEVs are compared together, the narrative is not as black & white. Both types of electric vehicles (EVs) have pros and cons, and depending on the buyer circumstances, one type of EV will be more appropriate.

Plug-in hybrid electric cars have played an important role in encouraging drivers to migrate to electric driving. ‘Familiarity’ and ‘range security’ offered by plug-in hybrid vehicles, have been key attributes in propelling buyers to migrate to electric driving. A PHEV in many respects is very similar to driving a conventional petrol/ diesel car, except for the introduction of an electric mode, regenerative braking and EV charging.

As an example, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Plug-In Hybrid SUV, uses both, a petrol engine and an electric motor to propel the vehicle. The electric motor is driven by an onboard EV battery, which is charged via an external EV charging station. For those keen on ‘familiarity’, a PHEV, despite the addition of an electric motor, is very similar to driving a conventional petrol or diesel car.

The other impediment to migrating to EVs is range anxiety. In a PHEV there is no fear about an ’empty’ EV battery, as the vehicle can still be driven on the internal combustion engine (ICE). Bottom-line, for those in India keen to use an EV, but lack EV charging infrastructure and need to travel long distances on a regular basis, a plug-in hybrid electric car is more appropriate than a BEV.

Pure electric cars (BEVs) have come a long way over the past decade, since the introduction of the all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010. In particular, in regards to increased EV range. Pure electric cars like the Tesla Model 3 can offer a range up to 360 miles (the first generation Leaf offered a range up to 73 miles).

The Model 3 is not the only EV that can offer a long electric range. In fact, many of the recent EVs introduced have a range well over 200 miles on a full battery charge. This significant improvement in electric range has helped reduce the concern over range anxiety, enabling greater confidence in EVs.

Unlike PHEVs, pure electric cars are zero-tailpipe emission i.e. a BEV does not have a tailpipe and therefore does not pollute the air! The improvement in air quality, is one of the key advantages of choosing a BEV over a PHEV. The other key advantage is that a BEV is cheaper to drive and maintain, compared to a PHEV.

This should come as no surprise as a BEV has only an electric motor/s, while a PHEV has an internal combustion engine, coupled with an electric motor. Put another way, a plug-in hybrid EV has many more moving parts and therefore more to maintain and repair overtime!

BEVs are well suited for businesses and families keen to improve local air quality and reduce the cost of driving. Of course, access to dedicated EV charging infrastructure at home and on the road is a prerequisite to owning a BEV!

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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