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CEO Discusses How The Stellantis Is Dealing With Issues Moving Towards Electrification

"In 10 years, the energy storage density in EV batteries will double," CEO states...

The move towards electrification in the automotive industry remains a hot topic. Here in North America, most of the people we have talked to over the past year are skeptical about the transition. The ever-growing cost of purchasing a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), a lack of solid fast-charging infrastructure, long charging times, and lackluster range from most of the vehicles on the market today have been the focus of most of the concerns.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares behind the wheel of the all-electric GranTurismo Folgore. (Maserati).

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has been very vocal about his concerns about moving forward with electrification. In several interviews, the CEO has expressed concern about various governments pushing the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) too quickly, the major cost difference for both the consumer and automakers for the creation of EVs, as well as, the need for governments to back huge incentives for both consumers and automakers to make the switch and makes these vehicles more affordable and more accessible.

During a Maserati roundtable event alongside Maserati CEO, Davide Grasso, Tavares expressed his opinion about the current growth of EV batteries. “In 10 years, the energy storage density in EV batteries will double,” he exclaimed. He sighted that as the industry is pushing forward with its electrification plans, technical advances will result in smaller, more-efficient battery packs, capable of doubling battery energy density.

Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Paris Motor Show. (Stellantis).

“The next big thing is going to be reducing the weight and increasing power density, while also increasing range and decreasing the time to charge,” he went on to say. “We won’t see that in the current generation EVs, but it’s coming,” he concluded. 

Coming from someone who has been so outspoken about the switch, offers some promise as the industry is rushing to deliver on what seems like far-fetched promises given by various automakers.

Maserati CEO Davide Grasso and Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares with the upcoming Maserati Grecale Folgore. (Maserati).

Tavares then spoke about the need for automakers to do everything they can to provide their customers with access to various charging networks. But the CEO wasn’t very talkative about if the automaker would embrace the possibility to adopt a way to allow its EVs to charge on Tesla’s Supercharger network. “Any responsible carmaker will avoid by any means necessary putting his or her company at the dependence of a competitor,” Tavares briefly commented.

Currently, most of the automotive industry has embraced the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)-backed combined charging system (CCS) for both Level 2 and Level 4 charging. Since Tesla uses its own charging system for its extensive Supercharger network, the industry would either have to abandon the CCS system in favor of the Tesla one or deliver vehicles with dual charging ports.

The current lineup of electrified Stellantis vehicles in early 2022. (Stellantis).

Stellantis’ Dare Forward 2030 presentation, expresses that the automaker will offer 75 new EVs from 2022 to 2030. The company says that it expects sales for the European market will be 100% BEV by 2030, while the U.S. market should be around 50% during that same time. It also states that it expects that at that time, it will sell more than 5 million BEVs globally.

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This topic always makes me cringe. I don't think the majority want electric vehicles. I also don't think once we get past 50% of the vehicles on the road in the US, we will be able to handle the electric demand needed. The grid in the US can't handle heat waves that last more than 3 days, how will we handle this? The infer structure for electricity will never meet demand. This is coming, and it does not seem that the power companies are even working on expanding for this vehicle serge. Here in the N.E., Eversource can't even handle what we have now. They are pushing solar power on your house. Won't even touch demand. Now lets look at repair cost and disposal of used or damaged batteries. Where will the large batteries go? Land fills? We can't even throw out plastic bags with out it becoming a big deal, wait till batteries start going. The cost? Get into an accident and damage the battery. Will the car be totaled? Don't know at this point. How about vehicle fires? Fire departments CAN NOT put these out with water! Most FD's let them burn out on their own due to the chemical needed being to expensive and an environment problem. This whole thing seems like a disaster in the making. Charging stations need to added and actually work. Vehicles need to be able to go more than 300 miles before a charge. NBC news did a story last night, 12/19, on this subject. They took a Volt from LA to SD. Stopped at several charging stations and many were not working. Stopped at one, charged the car for 30 minutes and was able to only get 15 miles out of that 30 minute charge. Ridiculous!! I fill my Charger with gas when she is on "E" and it takes less than 6 minutes!!! You can keep your EV vehicles, I will drive my gas vehicles until there are no more on the road. At my age gas vehicles will out live me!!!

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This topic always makes me cringe. I don't think the majority want electric vehicles. I also don't think once we get past 50% of the vehicles on the road in the US, we will be able to handle the electric demand needed. The grid in the US can't handle heat waves that last more than 3 days, how will we handle this? The infer structure for electricity will never meet demand. This is coming, and it does not seem that the power companies are even working on expanding for this vehicle serge. Here in the N.E., Eversource can't even handle what we have now. They are pushing solar power on your house. Won't even touch demand. Now lets look at repair cost and disposal of used or damaged batteries. Where will the large batteries go? Land fills? We can't even throw out plastic bags with out it becoming a big deal, wait till batteries start going. The cost? Get into an accident and damage the battery. Will the car be totaled? Don't know at this point. How about vehicle fires? Fire departments CAN NOT put these out with water! Most FD's let them burn out on their own due to the chemical needed being to expensive and an environment problem. This whole thing seems like a disaster in the making. Charging stations need to added and actually work. Vehicles need to be able to go more than 300 miles before a charge. NBC news did a story last night, 12/19, on this subject. They took a Volt from LA to SD. Stopped at several charging stations and many were not working. Stopped at one, charged the car for 30 minutes and was able to only get 15 miles out of that 30 minute charge. Ridiculous!! I fill my Charger with gas when she is on "E" and it takes less than 6 minutes!!! You can keep your EV vehicles, I will drive my gas vehicles until there are no more on the road. At my age gas vehicles will out live me!!!

It doesn't matter if the majority of Car buyers want it, a majority of voters are voting for people who MANDATED it. It has been made a regulatory reality for nearly or actually Half the population. Your post is completely accurate, and the Regulators ignore it. Now many people put that up to incompetence, but I think as you see the ESG stuff that liquid fuel is not very easy to control, basically if everyone is switch to on demand fueling the switch can be shut off and on when the control structure wants, Just, like they are already doing to home Enviromental systems. It is a back doorway to control behavior.

For Auto OEMs it is a regulatory reality and making vehicles for half the population and a different vehicle for the other half becomes extremely complex as the powertrains requirements for space and manufacturing are drastically different.

So people need to stop laying this at the feet of the OEMs and look at your neighbors, who go behind the curtain and pull the lever for this which will be a mess.

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It doesn't matter if the majority of Car buyers want it, a majority of voters are voting for people who MANDATED it. It has been made a regulatory reality for nearly or actually Half the population. Your post is completely accurate, and the Regulators ignore it. Now many people put that up to incompetence, but I think as you see the ESG stuff that liquid fuel is not very easy to control, basically if everyone is switch to on demand fueling the switch can be shut off and on when the control structure wants, Just, like they are already doing to home Enviromental systems. It is a back doorway to control behavior.

For Auto OEMs it is a regulatory reality and making vehicles for half the population and a different vehicle for the other half becomes extremely complex as the powertrains requirements for space and manufacturing are drastically different.

So people need to stop laying this at the feet of the OEMs and look at your neighbors, who go behind the curtain and pull the lever for this which will be a mess.

I hear you and so much agree!!!! Thanks for you well said comments!!

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This topic always makes me cringe. I don't think the majority want electric vehicles. I also don't think once we get past 50% of the vehicles on the road in the US, we will be able to handle the electric demand needed. The grid in the US can't handle heat waves that last more than 3 days, how will we handle this? The infer structure for electricity will never meet demand. This is coming, and it does not seem that the power companies are even working on expanding for this vehicle serge. Here in the N.E., Eversource can't even handle what we have now. They are pushing solar power on your house. Won't even touch demand. Now lets look at repair cost and disposal of used or damaged batteries. Where will the large batteries go? Land fills? We can't even throw out plastic bags with out it becoming a big deal, wait till batteries start going. The cost? Get into an accident and damage the battery. Will the car be totaled? Don't know at this point. How about vehicle fires? Fire departments CAN NOT put these out with water! Most FD's let them burn out on their own due to the chemical needed being to expensive and an environment problem. This whole thing seems like a disaster in the making. Charging stations need to added and actually work. Vehicles need to be able to go more than 300 miles before a charge. NBC news did a story last night, 12/19, on this subject. They took a Volt from LA to SD. Stopped at several charging stations and many were not working. Stopped at one, charged the car for 30 minutes and was able to only get 15 miles out of that 30 minute charge. Ridiculous!! I fill my Charger with gas when she is on "E" and it takes less than 6 minutes!!! You can keep your EV vehicles, I will drive my gas vehicles until there are no more on the road. At my age gas vehicles will out live me!!!

It doesn't matter if the majority of Car buyers want it, a majority of voters are voting for people who MANDATED it. It has been made a regulatory reality for nearly or actually Half the population. Your post is completely accurate, and the Regulators ignore it. Now many people put that up to incompetence, but I think as you see the ESG stuff that liquid fuel is not very easy to control, basically if everyone is switch to on demand fueling the switch can be shut off and on when the control structure wants, Just, like they are already doing to home Enviromental systems. It is a back doorway to control behavior.

For Auto OEMs it is a regulatory reality and making vehicles for half the population and a different vehicle for the other half becomes extremely complex as the powertrains requirements for space and manufacturing are drastically different.

So people need to stop laying this at the feet of the OEMs and look at your neighbors, who go behind the curtain and pull the lever for this which will be a mess.

Now that the doom and gloom has been stated, accurately I'd say. It is not too late yet. First glimmer of hope, a large number of states almost automatically follow CARB of CA. That is not happening this time, too many governors and state legislatures recognize the issue of prematurely banning ICE vehicles. The majority of the public are not political, they don't pay much attention when things are happening around the margins. This subject is just heating up, the sheep will eventually wake up to the grid infrastructure problem. I expect to hear a lot about "the grid" during the 2024 horse race. Despite OE and progressive wishes EV dominance is still way over a decade away. Probably closer to 20 years without a massive invest in the electric grid system.

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Now that the doom and gloom has been stated, accurately I'd say. It is not too late yet. First glimmer of hope, a large number of states almost automatically follow CARB of CA. That is not happening this time, too many governors and state legislatures recognize the issue of prematurely banning ICE vehicles. The majority of the public are not political, they don't pay much attention when things are happening around the margins. This subject is just heating up, the sheep will eventually wake up to the grid infrastructure problem. I expect to hear a lot about "the grid" during the 2024 horse race. Despite OE and progressive wishes EV dominance is still way over a decade away. Probably closer to 20 years without a massive invest in the electric grid system.

I only wish this was true, but with NY following it will be over half the population, if and when the State of Chicago follows, it is well over half. Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington are all on board. There is a good chance Virgina could withdrawal, I believe that is in the work but given the DC will remain that is the population center anyway.

Also don't look at just the hard requirement there are heavy tax de-incentives that will be levied nearly instantly, escalating to the point of the real date is 2028 not 2035. While ICE vehicles can be sold it will be cost prohibitive. We are on Model year 2024 as we speak 2028 need to be planned now.

Again, whether or not you are allowed private transport is the issue. Those in charge prefer you don't, you should be pushed to public transport. And if need be whether a crisis, or shortage, or simply a lack the social credit score, that with a switch they can restrict movement is a power too big to resist. It will take an amount of public awareness I just do not see our population capable of..... a lot of waking up will need to happen before the course is shifted and product planners that most plan 5 years out do not have the luxury of.

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