Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares says there's some serious issues on the horizon for sustainable transport.
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares continues to raise concerns about the EV revolution. At the Financial Times' Future of the Car 2022 conference, he said that materials shortages, at least for Stellantis brands, are set to keep going. More than that, his outlook on the whole EV transition had a rather bleak spin on it. Tavares has beat this drum before, having previously said the cost of EV development was a huge problem.
Now, Tavares says that models like the Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe, as well as the brand 's raft of upcoming EVs, will continue to be challenging to produce due to the materials shortages the industry is experiencing. That will, of course, become more acute as Stellantis transitions to a fully electric brand.
Tavares went on to say that the industry-wide shift to electric vehicles is only going to exacerbate the supply chain issues we see in the automotive market today, especially when it comes to batteries. Tavares predicts that by 2025-2026 demand for increasingly complex batteries will reach new heights as brands complete or begin their transition to electric vehicles. He's also previously added that these transitions must be carefully managed, lest EVs become bad for business as costs are transferred to consumers.
At the conference, Tavares stated that should batteries be plentiful, then much of the western world will become economically dependent on Asia, long seen as a go-to for precious raw materials used for new vehicle production.
"We may not like the way those raw materials are going to be sourced in a few years. What's next? Where is the clean energy? Where is the charging infrastructure? Where are the raw materials? Where are the geopolitical risks of sourcing those raw materials? Who is looking at the full picture of this transformation," asked Tavares?
Tavares has previously talked about how policy will shape the EV shift we're seeing at length, citing economic concerns like layoffs as a result of autonomous production and high energy prices in the EU. The CEO also said noted that politicians need to address these concerns before we get in too deep.
At the conference, he expressed some concerns regarding a lack of vision from regulators, especially in regard to materials used and the EV transition. The Stellantis CEO said, "the speed at which now everybody is building manufacturing capacity for batteries is possibly on the edge to be able to support the fast-changing markets in which we are operating."
Despite the helmsman's concerns, Stellanits is pushing into EVs like everyone else. Their benefits are plain to see, and it's clear after his speech at the conference that Tavares wants the industry to step up and ensure a clean transition in every way possible: politically, economically, and ecologically. Stellantis is set to be fully electric in Europe come 2030, with the company going totally net-zero by 2038.