British supercar manufacturer McLaren is reportedly working on an electric supercar. Autocar reports that the automaker will introduce an electric car matching the performance of the 675LT.
McLaren has set no time frame for the launch of the all-electric car, but it is likely to be the part of automaker's top-of-the-range Ultimate Series.
The battery-powered supercar from McLaren is expected to arrive after the introduction of P15 and the three-seater BP23 set to be introduced in 2018. Initially, McLaren will build five examples of the electric car and will be tested by selected McLaren owners.
McLaren also aims to make half of its cars hybrid by 2022. The company has gained some experience through its hybrid P1 supercar, and it is also supplying powertrains to Formula E cars. This will certainly help in the development of the new electric car.
From 2018, McLaren Applied Technologies will provide a new battery which will enable the Formula E cars to finish the entire race on a single charge. Such a battery pack would fit into a supercar.
But, before the introduction of an electric car, McLaren will launch hybrid models of its Sports Series and Super Series. The hybrid powertrains will be introduced by the end of its current five-year model lifespans. The hybrid variant of the 570 is likely to arrive in 2020, and the successor of 720 will be introduced in 2021.
Electric powertrains are said to be the future of mobility. Now, supercar manufacturers like McLaren are also focussing on the development of electric cars. But at the same time, the performance will not be compromised. So, it's a win-win situation for both the performance car enthusiasts and the environment.