The legendary British manufacturer will now focus on the development of hybrid cars.
McLaren, famous Formula 1 team and manufacturer of supercars, begins its technological revolution. The English group indeed announces its intention to stop producing gasoline models by 2030 to switch to electric, its boss announced Tuesday to the Financial Times. The manufacturer, headquartered in the county of Surrey in south London, will develop hybrid cars over the next ten years with the additional ambition of sourcing more parts from the UK, according to Mike Flewitt, its managing director.
"We will develop engines (gasoline, editor's note) for the next ten years, sell them for the next 15 years, but we expect a large part of the world to be aligned on the date of 2035" for a changeover total towards electric cars, the daily business leader said.
The brand has seen its sales decline due to the pandemic and is expected to sell 2,700 cars this year. As a result, in May it announced the loss of 1,200 jobs, or a quarter of its workforce, due to the impact of the virus on its activities. She had explained that she had suffered from the cancellation of sporting events or even the cessation of its production and sale to individuals. McLaren also questioned the ceiling on budgets decided for the F1 teams for the 2021 season.