Ban on petrol and diesel cars will lead to 'serious social problems' - expert

Ban on petrol and diesel cars will lead to ‘serious social problems’ – expert

Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, believes that the European Union’s ban on petrol and diesel cars in 2035 will cause social problems due to the relatively high cost of electric vehicles.


The European Union’s ban on petrol and diesel cars in 2035 will lead to social disadvantages due to the high cost of electric vehicles, says a leading global automotive expert.

The CEO of the automobile company Stellantis — the parent company of Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Peugeot, Opel and Vauxhall — has criticized the European Union’s proposed ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2035, claiming the radical plan will lead to “serious social… Problems” lead “due to the lack of affordability of electric vehicles.

In particular, Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, criticized the European Union’s 2035 ban on fossil fuel vehicles for not including hybrid cars.



Although hybrids and plug-in hybrids are more expensive than petrol or diesel cars, they are significantly cheaper than electric vehicles.

Mr Tavares told media at this week’s Paris Motor Show he believes hybrids give more new car buyers access to lower-emission vehicles and warned that a total ban on petrol and diesel vehicles could lead to social problems.

“It is imperative,” Mr Tavares said, referring to the need for adjustments to the ban proposed by the European Union, according to the news agency Reuters.



“The dogmatic decision to ban the sale of thermal vehicles (gasoline and diesel cars) in 2035 has unforeseeable social consequences.

“Those who deny the middle class access to freedom of movement face serious social problems.

“What we need to offer our European leaders is a temporary solution.”



Mr Tavares said mild hybrid engines – petrol or diesel powered by small electric motors – can keep cars affordable while reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent.

In a separate report from the UK publication CoachMr Tavares claimed that the European Union’s belated ‘Euro 7’ emissions regulations would force carmakers to spend money on cleaner fossil-fuel engines instead of developing cheaper electric cars.

“From an industry perspective, we don’t need the EU7 as it will take up resources that we should be spending on electrification,” Mr Tavares said Coach.



“Spending money to develop another step for incineration for enforcement in 2028…it doesn’t make sense.

“Why use scarce resources for something for a short time? Industry doesn’t need it, and it’s counterproductive.”

Mr Tavares believes tighter Euro 7 regulations will mean automakers push their engines beyond what is possible, leading to an increased risk of failure.



“It (Euro 7) has been postponed many times as we are pushing the limits. You come up against physical limits. You should not try to go beyond that,” Mr Tavares said Coach.

“You would not dare in this world as you would risk compliance. You have to be compliant everywhere, and that takes you beyond physics.

“If you go beyond physics, throw it away. It’s counterproductive. It doesn’t make sense, that’s why it’s postponed. We are ready for electric.”

Stellantis has already announced that electric cars aim to account for 100 percent of European sales by 2030.

In the US, Stellantis expects electric cars to account for 50 percent of its sales by the end of the decade.

By 2030, Stellantis plans to launch 75 electric cars from its 15 brands worldwide.



The multinational car group does not yet sell electric cars in Australia.

Stellantis was founded in 2021 as a coalition of Italian-Americans Fiat Chrysler automobiles (owners of Dodge, RAM, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati) and France PSA group (parent company of Citroen, Peugeot, Opel and Vauxhall).

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