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Ferrari electric car caught on camera for the first time

An early prototype for Ferrari's first electric vehicle appears to have been photographed with Maserati bodywork – and it looks to be planned as an SUV.

Ferrari electric car caught on camera for the first time

What appears to be an early prototype for the first Ferrari electric vehicle (EV) has been photographed near its home base in Maranello, Italy ahead of an unveiling due within the next 18 months.

Images captured by photographer Derek Cornelissen ( on Instagram) show a 'test mule' using the body of a Maserati Levante SUV – developed when Ferrari owned Maserati – with the headlights of a Ferrari Roma sports car.

The biggest clue that this is Ferrari's first electric car is the set of four seemingly fake exhaust tips hanging from the rear bumper, and the high-voltage stickers all over the body.

The images posted to Instagram show the prototype wears unusual wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero E tyres, which are designed for electric vehicles – another clue at its propulsion system.

It is unclear what body shape the Ferrari electric vehicle will take, and what it will be called.

The Maserati Levante body – also previously used by Ferrari to test the V12 Purosangue, its first SUV – suggests it will be the company's second high-riding, four-door model, rather than a sleek sports coupe.

Ferrari appears to have left the wheelbase of the Maserati body untouched, indicating the electric car will be similarly sized to a Levante – itself close to the dimensions of the Purosangue.

It means similarly-sized rivals for the electric Ferrari may range from Tesla Model X to the Lotus Eletre and upcoming electric Porsche Cayenne.

Ferrari's first electric vehicle was previously earmarked to launch in late 2025, but has now slipped to early 2026.

The Italian car maker has denied reports the vehicle will cost €500,000 ($AU800,000), but it has said the electric car will produce an "authentic" noise.

Unlike the role electric vehicles play for other car brands, the battery-powered Ferrari may not be the company's fastest or quickest-accelerating car.

"We have never been following speed as a key reason for [marketing] our cars," Emanuele Carando, Ferrari head of product marketing, recently told Australian media including Drive.

He said: "The 0-100km/h, 0-200km/h, after you do [these] a couple of times … you got this gut into your mouth [feeling], you're fed up with it. We want to have a fast, agile, fun car to drive."

The company has opened a new €200 million ($AU320 million) factory planned to build the electric Ferrari, as well as its other petrol and hybrid models.

"I think that it was a surprise also for us to hear those things," Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna told media including Drive at the factory's opening, when asked about the reported electric-car price.

“The point of this building… is not capacity driven,” said Mr Vigna, following the Reuters report claiming the electric car would boost Ferrari's annual production from 14,000 to 20,000 cars annually. 

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