Lancia has a long history of making elegant and luxurious cars for the Italian elite, but its latest model is also a showcase of electric vehicle technology. The Lancia Flaminia Presidenziale, a one-off EV conversion of a classic 1960s sedan, was used by President Sergio Mattarella to celebrate the Festa della Repubblica on June 2, 2023.
The Festa della Repubblica is the national day of Italy, commemorating the referendum in 1946 that abolished the monarchy and established a republic. It is a day of patriotic pride and celebration, with parades, ceremonies, and fireworks across the country.
One of the highlights of the festivities is the passaggio della Colonna della Libertà, or the passage of the Column of Freedom, a convoy of historic and modern vehicles that carries the president and other dignitaries along the streets of Rome. The convoy starts from the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the president, and ends at the Altare della Patria, a monumental complex dedicated to the first king of Italy and the unknown soldier.
This year, for the first time, the president rode in an electric car: the Lancia Flaminia Presidenziale. This unique vehicle is based on one of four original Lancia Flaminia sedans that were specially built for state occasions in 1960. The Flaminia was Lancia's flagship model at the time, featuring a sophisticated V6 engine, independent suspension, and elegant styling by Pininfarina.
The Lancia Flaminia Presidenziale was restored and converted to electric power by Stellantis, the parent company of Lancia, and other brands such as Fiat, Peugeot, and Jeep. The project was part of Stellantis' e-Legend initiative, which aims to preserve and modernize classic cars from its portfolio.
According to Stellantis, the conversion process involved replacing the original engine and transmission with an electric motor and a battery pack while retaining the original chassis, bodywork, and interior. The electric motor produces 150 kW (201 horsepower) and 300 Nm (221 pound-feet) of torque, while the battery pack has a capacity of 37 kWh and a range of 200 km (124 miles). The car also features regenerative braking, a fast-charging system, and a digital instrument cluster.
The result is a car that combines the charm and elegance of a bygone era with the performance and efficiency of modern technology. The Lancia Flaminia Presidenziale is a tribute to Italy's history and culture and a statement of its commitment to sustainability and innovation.
The president was not the only one who enjoyed an electric ride on Republic Day. Stellantis also provided other electric vehicles for the convoy, including a Fiat 500e La Prima Cabriolet for Prime Minister Mario Draghi, a Peugeot e-208 GT for Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, and a Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon for Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini.
Stellantis claims that its electric vehicles reduced CO2 emissions by 90% compared to conventional vehicles during the parade. The company also says that it plans to offer more than 40 electrified models across its brands by 2025, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full-electric vehicles.
The Lancia Flaminia Presidenziale is an example of how electric vehicles can blend tradition and innovation while respecting the environment and enhancing mobility. It is also a reminder of Lancia's glorious past and its potential future as a premium brand under Stellantis.