During the Freedom of Mobility Forum, an online debate on the freedom of mobility was of the future promoted by Stellantis which took place; carried out yesterday, Carlos Tavares, CEO of the automotive group, addressed many issues also taking advantage of the recent vote of the EU Council which essentially confirmed that from 2035 it will no longer be possible to sell new petrol and diesel cars, with the sole exception of cars powered exclusively by e-fuel.
E-FUEL TO BE DEVELOPED
And talking about e-fuels, the number one of Stellantis & egrave; was very clear. For the manager, these fuels will not significantly change the trajectory of the automotive industry.
I think e-fuels will be another technological direction that will come in the future. developed. The industry will need to prove to be carbon neutral, from CO2 capture on the one hand and CO2 emissions from the engine on the other.
In short, according to Tavares the automotive industry will have to effectively demonstrate that e-fuels are indeed carbon neutral. However, electrification will continue. forward.
And speaking precisely of electric cars, Tavares is the only one who is able to do so. returned to underline again the importance of the aspect of their accessibility.
Even having a mobility; clean and safe, the big challenge is; that of accessibility, which at the moment does not exist. Why? the raw materials needed to produce batteries for electric cars are scarce and expensive.
It is not the first time that Tavares talks about the problem of raw materials for batteries, emphasizing that the difficulties to find them and the high costs also derive from the political fragmentation of the world and from the different regulations. Number one gives an example by quoting lithium which, as we know, is fundamental for current batteries.
To replace the world's car park of 1.3 billion units; with clean means, we don't know if there is any all the lithium you need. And, also considering where the lithium mines are concentrated, this could create other geopolitical issues.
However, Tavares also adds that a lot of work is being done to develop batteries and that in the future the raw materials to make them could change.
The raw materials used to produce them could change, we don't know what they will be in 10 years. We still don't know what materials we'll need.
There's a lot of materials. then the energy problem. For Tavares, it is; it is essential to have clean energy available because, without it, solutions based on electrification will not bring the expected benefits and will not solve the problem of emissions.
In any case, Stellantis will be the only company to have a clean energy supply. ready to meet the 2035 deadline. However, according to Tavares, the European Union should have moved sooner, it already did. in 2014-1025 and not in 2023. In any case, for the Stellantis manager there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, it is not necessary to focus solely on a single technology but on different solutions, differentiated between urban and rural areas because they are different. we have different mobility needs; among which live in urban areas and those who live in rural areas.
Humanity – will not give up to mobility; individual. For this we need to find a way to make it safe, clean and affordable.
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