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In a new interview, Stellantis Europe President Uwe Hochschurtz retracted the statements made by the company’s CEO Carlos Tavares, claiming that “People have decided: we will go all electric”.

This statement came as a surprise, as the Stellantis CEO is completely against electric vehicles.

Less than a year ago, the Stellantis leader said electric vehicles were “imposed” on the auto industry, while claiming that there was “no way” for the automaker to avoid passing additional EV costs to buyers.

More recently, in response to the European Union’s proposed ban on fossil fuel car sales from 2035, Tarvis argued that hybrids should play a more important role in the transition. According to the new proposal, hybrid vehicles will be phased out as low-emission vehicles by 2030, paving the way for fully electric cars.

Mr. Tavares made it clear in an interview in January that he believes electric vehicles are being forced on them:

What is clear is that electrification is a technology chosen by politicians, not industry.

However, there has been a clear shift in electric vehicle sales since these comments were made. EVs continued to gain ground in every major auto market (including the US, Europe and China). The International Energy Agency predicts that the global EV sales share will reach 13% compared to 9.4% in 2021.

More importantly, people prefer EVs. The latest EY Mobility Consumer Index 2022 Survey found that 52% of car buyers choose an electric vehicle for their next purchase, with preference for all-electric cars more than tripled since 2020.

In light of the CEO’s warnings about going all-in on EVs, the automaker’s European boss appears to agree with the new gas-powered car ban, but reiterates the CEO’s message on affordability. To help stabilize the purchase price, Hochschurtz offers a solution by offering a lower tax rate for EVs.

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New 100% electric Jeep Avenger revealed earlier this week Source: Stellantis

Stellantis European leads the transition to electric vehicles

In an interview with a German newspaper, Uwe Hochschurtz, Stellantis’ chief operating officer for expanding Europe, claims:

The people decided: We’re going to be all-electric.

But during the interview, the Stellantis executive criticized the German government’s move to reduce EV incentives, even as the growing demand for EVs is making them disposable. According to Hochschurtz, since electric vehicles cost more to manufacture (at least in Stellantis’ case), the government needs to close the gap.

Hochschurtz presented the idea of ​​a lower tax rate on electric vehicle purchases in Germany as an alternative to subsidies, saying:

An electric car helps us keep our environment clean, and a non-electric car makes our environment more polluted. I don’t think you can use the same tax rates there.

Despite Tavares’ comments, as part of Stellantis Dare Forward 2030, the automaker is targeting 100% electric vehicle sales in Europe and 50% in the United States by the end of the decade. Stellantis unveiled the first all-electric Jeep Avenger for the European market earlier this week.

Electrek’s Take

To clarify, many other automakers have proven that it is possible to produce profitable electric models. In my view, Stellantis needs to invest in the technology and supply chains needed to build electric vehicles on a large scale rather than trying to make excuses.

Electric vehicles are working. CO2 emissions are expected to increase by just 1%, according to a new IEA analysis, and the report adds that the increase would have been “far larger – more than threefold” if it were not for the growing number of electric vehicles and renewable energy deployments. .

As for hybrid vehicles, they were a great bridge for all-electric vehicles. The biggest reason consumers didn’t switch was the limited range. Now that battery technology has advanced and charging stations are starting to become available, there’s no reason not to go all-electric.

Stellantis was late to the party and now wants to catch up, so it makes sense for Tavares to continue arguing against the transition to all-electric vehicles.

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