Italy is in talks with the European Union (EU) about ways in which the well-known sports cars of Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, can be spared the new European climate policy.

That is what an Italian minister told


news agency on Saturday


Part of the new policy is the end of the combustion engine in new cars from 2035.

The Italians say they embrace the Brussels plans to ban combustion engines, but hope that the EU is still flexible.

Minister Roberto Cingolani (Economic Transition) calls the Italian so-called supercars, which emit much more per kilometer than a house-garden-kitchen car, "a niche in the gigantic car market".

Cingolani hopes to convince the EU by pointing out the small number of supercars sold: Ferrari sold just over 9,000 copies last year and Lamborghini managed to sell 7,400.

By comparison, Volkswagen Group sold 5.3 million Volkswagens last year.

Because of that huge difference, the minister expects that it "will not be a problem at all" to apply the rules a little less strictly.

While many car brands are already fully switching to cleaner, electric models, it takes a little longer for the Italian sports brands. Ferrari hopes to unveil the first all-electric sports car in 2025. Lamborghini expects to present such a car only "in the second half of this decade". From 2023, the sports car brand will come on the market with a hybrid car.